Empire ’crushed’ as Bethesda outclass Jennings

Pigotts Crushers’ Jason Peters (centre) puts on a batting display as he top-scored with 67 for Crushers in the Cool & Smooth Twenty20 Tournament at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on Monday. Crushers beat Empire by just five runs in the highly competitive match. (Photo by Thaddeus Price)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Pigotts Crushers and Caribbean Union Bank Bethesda both enjoyed victories in the Cool & Smooth sponsored Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association Twenty20 Tournament at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds on Monday.

Contesting the feature game of a double-header, Pigotts recorded their first victory in as many matches when they clipped Scotiabank Empire by five runs in a keenly contested match-up.

Batting first, Crushers were aided by a splendid knock of 67 not out by Jason Peters as they reached 157 for six in their 20 overs. There was also a contribution of 34 coming from Rolston “Tris” Phillip.

Damian Lowerfield was the pick of the bowlers for Empire as he bagged one for 11 off his four overs. Shane Burton had one for 45, Alva Joseph bagged one for 22 and Trevorson Atley picked up one for 26, all bowling for the Gray’s Green men.

In reply, Empire reached 152 for six before their allotted 20 overs elapsed. Wicket-keeper/batsman Juari Edwards was best on show with the bat as he was unbeaten on 54. Burton added to Empire’s efforts with a knock of 25. Franklyn Francis and D Fordice both bagged two for 26 bowling for Pigotts.

Peters, for his unbeaten knock of 67, was adjudged man of the match.

In Monday’s opening match, Bethesda won a second straight contest as they made light work of Jennings who crashed to their second straight defeat.

Bethesda posted a challenging total of 194 for three off their 20 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat to take the contest by 122 runs.

Mali Richards, who won his second man-of-the-match accolade on Monday, top-scored for Bethesda with 57 not out, while Winston Noble contributed 53 not out.

Devon “Boobie” Thomas and Tonito Willett added 33 and 23 runs, respectively, for Bethesda.

Bowling for Jennings, Richard Atley picked up one for 24, Xavier Freeland bagged one for 26 and G April had one for 28 all from their allotment of four overs.

When their turn at the crease arrived, Jennings could not keep it together as they crumbled for 75 in 16 overs.

Sheldon Archibald, Gavin Tonge and Willett did the damage with the ball for Bethesda, each taking two wickets. Archibald had two for 20 in four overs, Tonge had two for 12 in three overs and Willett bagged two for 23 in four overs.

Thomas bagged one for six in just two overs as Julio Charles was the only batsman of note for Jennings with 14 runs.

Empire return to action on Wednesday when they tackle Bethesda in game one, while Medpath New Winthorpes will take on Pigotts Crushers at 7:15 pm.


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