Blackhawks soar as Bethesda struggle to get going in Super40 competition


The dominance enjoyed by the PIC Liberta Blackhawks in the opening round of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association Super40 competition continued into week two with the former champions enjoying back-to-back victories over the weekend.

In their latest outing, Blackhawks clawed their way to a 10-run victory over All Saints on Sunday.

Playing at home, Liberta were restricted to 159 all out off 37.1 overs with their best being 39 from Karima Gore.

Kerry Mentor was the pick of the bowlers for All Saints, bagging three wickets for 24 runs.

Despite the seemingly low target, however, All Saints struggled and could only reach 149 before they were all out in 36.3 overs.

West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Alzarri Joseph top scored for All Saints with 44 runs. Wilden Cornwall (three for 12) and Desir Stange (three for 44) were on point with the ball for Liberta.

In their earlier victory, Blackhawks had beaten Medpath New Winthropes by 75 runs in Liberta.

Wasim Mintos and Gore excelled for Liberta with 62 and 60 runs, respectively, as they raced to 271 for eight. New Winthropes were then restricted to 196 for six in their allotted 40 overs with Stephan Matthew and Jermaine Otto hitting 60 and 42 in the losing cause.

CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles, on the other hand, were not as fortunate as they were beaten in both of their fixtures over the weekend.

Bethesda went under by three wickets to Empire on Sunday at King George. Batting first, Bethesda were all out for 94 as Empire’s Edwin Richards bagged four wickets for 30 runs. Empire, in reply, reached 95 for seven in which Jamaul Fernandez, bowling for Bethesda, picked up four wickets for 27 runs.

In Saturday’s contest, Bethesda were beaten by All Saints by 73 runs. Geetesh Harillal stood out in the contest for All Saints, hitting 50 in his team’s 209 all out. Bethesda were restricted to 136 all out with Harillal again showing dominance by picking up five wickets for 37 runs.

There was mixed fortunes for both Jennings and Massy Combined Schools as they both won one and lost one of their two matches.

Jennings, on Sunday, lost to Combined Schools by 79 runs at Factory Grounds.

Combined Schools posted 217 all out with 78 and 33 coming from Joshua Thomas and Elroy Francis Jr. Tyson Mickle and Eustace Martin were dominant with the ball, taking four for 50 and three for 37, respectively, for the losers.

Jennings, in reply, with 130 all out as Paul Miller hit 36. In their match on Saturday, Jennings defeated Bolans by five wickets.

Also on Sunday, New Winthropes rallied to an 82-run victory over Bolans with Barthlet Henry hitting 60 for the victors, while on Saturday Combined Schools went under to Empire by seven wickets.