Blackhawks retain Two-Day title

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The Liberta Blackhawks have retained the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association’s (ABCA) Two-Day title, following a massive innings and eight run thrashing of newcomers Rising Suns Spartans over the weekend.
In the match, which was hampered by rain, Blackhawks opted to bat first at home, reaching 150 for four declared in their first innings. Wilden Cornwall top-scored with 39 runs with Karima Gore adding 33 to the total.
Richie Thomas bagged three wickets for 60 runs while Dino Baker had two for 57 bowling for Spartans.
In their first innings reply, Spartans reached 77 before they were all out in just 38.4 overs. Shaquan Hewlett was the only scorer of note with 31 runs.
Javy Benjamin bagged four wickets for 26 runs and Kadeem Phillip snatched three for 16 bowling for the home team. Forced to follow on, Spartans were 65 all out in 29.5 overs in their second innings.
The victory lifts Blackhawks to an unassailable 78 points at the top of the Two-Day standings.
Meanwhile, Jennings defeated New Winthorpes by nine wickets when they met in New Winthorpes.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, New Winthorpes posted 133 before they were all out. Ian Eusebe top-scored with 47 runs. Bowling for Jennings, Morton Browne picked up five wickets for 18 runs while Paul Miller had three for 19.
Jennings then reached 179 all out with a top knock of 82 coming from Cameron Miller. Chad Hampson was the pick of the bowlers for the home team with six for 59.
Batting a second time, New Winthorpes reached 72 before they were all out. Nicolas Tappin (5/25) and Kenroy Browne (3/41) did the damage with the ball. Jennings then reached 27 for one to easily take the contest.
The match between CUB Bethesda and home team All Saints was rained out, while Empire and Combined Schools was also rained out.
The match between Pigotts Crushers and Bolans was also affected by rain.

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