Empire in charge of Zone B as Blackhawks dominate Rising Suns

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Empire Nation, following an impressive showing in the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) 2 Day Competition over the weekend, leaped to the top of Zone B with 18 points after two matches.
Playing against Pigotts Crushers, Empire won by an innings and 52 runs to record their second win of the competition.
Batting first, Pigotts were all out for 161 as they were kept in check by Empire’s Justin Athanaze who bagged four wickets for just 17 runs.
In their first innings reply, Empire amassed 301 as Athanaze returned to lead with the bat, hitting 76. Samuel Peters contributed with 54 not out while Kenrick Scott made 44.
Batting for a second time, Pigotts crashed for a disappointing 89 all out with almost half of their total coming from Demari Benta who hit 43. Athanaze was again on target, claiming four wickets for just two runs. Peters was also good with the ball, picking up four wickets for 29 runs.
Meanwhile, in Zone A, defending two-day champions, PIC Liberta Blackhawks walked away with first innings points against Rising Suns Spartans.
Batting first on their home turf, Rising Suns were bundled out for 122 before Blackhawks, led by centuries from Avier Christian who made 135, Kofi James who hit 107, Karima Gore who smashed a square 100 and a knock of 60 from Joshua Thomas, amassed 475 for nine declared.
Shequan Hewlett was the only bowler of note for Rising Suns, bagging five wickets for 76 runs.
Batting for a second time, Rising Suns, led by Owen Graham with a knock of 34, reached 131 for six before the end of play.
Blackhawks lead Zone A on 18 points, six ahead of both All Saints and Jennings, while Rising Suns are yet to get off the mark.
In another interesting contest, Burton’s Laundry All Saints Pythons beat Combined Schools by two wickets.
Batting first at Mack Pond in All Saints, Schools made 174 all out in their first innings with Kadeem Henry hitting 65. Bowling for All Saints, Amahi Nathaniel picked up five wickets for 55 runs. All Saints then got to 181 for 5 declared with a top knock of 69 coming from Michael Dover.
In their second innings, Schools got to 180 all out with Henry slamming 112. Kerry Mentor was best with the ball for All Saints, taking four wickets for 40 runs while Conroy Semple snatched three wickets for 20 runs.
The All Saints men then got to their target at 174 for 8 with Dover hitting a second half-century with 51. Elroy Francis, bowling for Schools, picked up six wickets for 53 runs.
Meanwhile, Bolans picked up first innings points over CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles when they clashed in Bethesda.
Bolans made 445 for 8 declared with Orlando Peters hitting 182 and Earl Waldron making 178. There was also a contribution of 42 from Tyrone Williams.
Bethesda then posted 331 all out as they were led by Devon Thomas with 122 and Dean Benta who made 70. Peters had figures of 3 for 59 bowling for the visitors before close of play and day two.

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