By Neto Baptiste
PIC Liberta Blackhawks recorded a second straight victory in the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Super 40 Competition when, on Saturday, they cruised to a relatively comfortable 104 runs triumph over All Saints Pythons.
Asked to bat by their hosts, Blackhawks amassed a challenging 251 all out in their 40 overs thanks to a century from USA-contracted player Karima Gore. Gore hit 11 fours on his way to 109 in just 106 deliveries. He was assisted by Amahl Nathaniel who made 53 from 52 balls and Wilden Cornwall Jr who added 27 to the effort.
Rodney Williams, Kerry Mentore and Kadeem Josiah each picked up two wickets for the home team.
Pythons, when their turn at the crease arrived, could only get to 147 before they were all out in 37 overs. Michael Haynes-Dover was best with the bat, hitting 38 runs in 37 deliveries. Kofi James and Avier Christian did the damage with the ball for Blackhawks, each claiming three wickets.
James had three for 15 in six overs while Christian claimed three for 29 in eight overs. Justin Robinson picked up two for 14 in three overs.
Meanwhile, in a low-scoring affair, New Winthorpes Lions defeated Rising Sun Spartans by 43 runs when they met at Rising Sun also on Saturday.
Batting first, New Winthorpes raised 143 before they were all out in 37.5 overs. Their best effort with the bat came from Hilroy Andrew who made 23. Isiah Burney proved dangerous with the ball for Rising Sun, snatching five wickets for 18 runs in eight overs.
The home team, despite what many thought was a gettable total faltered with the bat, reaching 100 before being bowled out in just 21.5 overs. Shacoy Floyd led the unsuccessful chase with 31 runs.
Bowling for Lions, Orandel Boston claimed three for 25 in 5.5 overs while there were two wickets each for Jamaul Fernandez and Zavear Otto.
There was victory as well for Pigotts Crushers over Massy United Insurance Combined Schools by seven wickets.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Schools posted 147 for seven in their 40 overs with a half century (55) from Michael Greaves. Elroy Francis Jr and T Atley each had two wickets for the home team.
Crushers then raced to their target at 148 for three in 25.3 overs. K Henry batted not out for 70 with M Walsh and R Phillip Jr each making 21.
In the other match played on Saturday, Anderson Carty Empire Nation defeated Bolans Blasters by five wickets.
Scores in that match: Bolans Blasters made 87 for seven with Derek Mourillon 36 not out. Bowling for Empire: Cleton Payne (3 for 3); Mali Richards (3 for 14). Empire: 90 for five with Kenrick Scott 47 not out.
The scheduled encounter between CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles and Jennings was abandoned due to a wet field.