Blackhawks Soar Above Crushers while Empire Muzzle Tigers In Cool & Smooth T20

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By Neto Baptiste

Liberta Blackhawks continued their unblemished run in the Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion on Tuesday when they outclassed Pigotts Crushers by eight wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Led by West Indies and Leeward Islands spinner, Hayden Walsh Jr, Blackhawks did well to restrict Crushers to just 122 for nine in their 20 overs after the Crushers had amassed 42 runs in the power play which covers the first four overs of the innings.

Walsh, who was named player of the match, claimed five wickets for 21 runs in four overs while Kofi James snatched two for 16 in four overs as Blackhawks stifled Crushers with spin in the middle overs.

Blackhawks then raced to 123 for two, winning their fourth straight match of the tournament to advance to 20 points, 10 points clear ahead of second place. 

Karima Gore top-scored with 34 while James made 32 and Leroy Lugg added 30 to the effort.

A confident Walsh Jr said that on nights like Tuesday, he would have been a handful for even the best batters of spin in the world.

“I think I kept the ball on the stumps and I always tell the guys in Liberta that not even Babar Azam can pick my googly, so once I keep the ball on the stumps and spin it both ways, if Babar Azam can’t pick it then who because he is number one in the world,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Empire Nation improved their chances of reaching the semifinals round of the tournament with a 78-runs victory over Jennings Tigers.

Winning the toss and opting to bat, Empire Nation were propelled to 191 for six by half centuries from player of the match Mikyle Louis and Scottish player Matthew Cross. Louis made 77 from 40 deliveries with nine fours and four sixes while Cross contributed with 53 off 37 balls with six fours and one six.

There were two wickets each for Ben Sexton and Glenton Williams bowling for Jennings.

The Tigers were then restricted to 113 for eight in their allotment of 20 overs with their best effort between the stumps coming from Lachlan Bangs who made 27 off 27 deliveries. Martin chipped in with 23 runs.

Darren Nedd (2/20) Micah McKenzie (2/21) and Nathan Edward (2/21) all picked up two wickets bowling for Empire.

Captain Kenrick Scott welcomed the team’s performance with the bat.

“That’s the target we’re looking for throughout the tournament to score against every single team so the mood was very happy in the camp. At one stage we thought we could have gotten some more but we’re still happy with the total we got yesterday [Tuesday],” he said. 

Empire sit second in the standings after three matches with 10 points while Tigers are fifth with 10 points also but have played four matches.

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