By Neto Baptiste
Top order batsman Karima Gore slammed 16 fours and one six as he compiled a massive 128 to become the first player to score a century in the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Super 40 Competition. He led the PIC Liberta Blackhawks to a comfortable 44 runs victory over All Saints Pythons on Saturday.
Gore, who features for the USA senior men’s team at the international level, faced 103 balls and had a strike rate of 119.42 as he led Blackhawks to 202 for nine in 38 overs after they were asked to bat by the host. Gore was eventually run out by Demetri Lucas. Uri Smith was the only other batsman of note for Blackhawks with 34 runs.
Michael Marcellin (2/40), Andra Samuel (2/15) and Lucas (2/24) each had two wickets for Pythons.
All Saints, in reply, reached 158 for eight in their 38 overs. Michael Haynes-Dover produced their best effort with the bat with 55 from 79 deliveries. He struck eight fours in the process. Kadeem Phillip (2/25), Avier Christian (2/33) and Gore (2/23) were the pick of the bowlers for Blackhawks.
There was victory as well for defending champions CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles as they tamed Jennings Tigers by seven wickets in Bethesda.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, Tigers posted 143 all out in 30 overs. Cameron Miller made 58 from 68 deliveries. He hit 11 fours on his way to the half century. Jawakie Joseph picked up two wickets for 40 runs in five overs bowling for the home team.
Golden Eagles then made light work of the chase, reaching 145 for three in 25 overs. Captain Deran Benta led the charge with 82 not out. He had support from veteran Gavin Tonge who was also not out on 24 and Kevin Pitman who made 27.
Meanwhile, Empire Nation suffered a shock loss to the visiting Bolans Blasters, going down by five wickets at the King George V Ground.
Sent to bat, Empire reached 185 all out in 31.5 overs. Cleton Payne made 50 not out while Bolans gave up 53 runs in extras. Omar Francis did the damage with the ball, snatching four wickets for 44 runs in eight overs. Tishorn Martin supported with two for 56 in five overs.
Led by Taiem Tonge who made 66 not out and Francis with 49 from 76 balls, Bolans successfully reached their target at 189 for five. Earl Waldron was not out on 38 from 33 deliveries. Damian Lowenfield grabbed two wickets for 31 runs in eight overs for Empire.
In other results on Saturday, Pigotts Crushers defeated Massy United Combined Schools by seven wickets. Scores: Schools (169/7) Jewel Andrew (75), Elroy Francis Jr (3/28). Crushers (171/3), Kadeem Henry (67 not out), Elroy Francis Jr (58 not out).
New Winthorpes Lions defeated Rising Sun Spartans by five runs. Scores: Lions (148 all out), Ian Eusebe (40), Dario Hodge (5/37). Spartans (143 all out), Tassilo Allen (34), Shavin Moore (4/35), Eusebe (2/22).