Liberta, Empire fancy chances ahead of 40 overs finals

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Coach of PIC Insurance Liberta cricket team and former national cricketer, Wilden “Polo” Cornwall, said his aim is to remain unbeaten when they take on Scotiabank Empire in the finals of the 26th annual State Insurance 40 Overs Competition slated for April 6 at Factory Grounds.

According to Cornwall, a defeat suffered at the hands of Empire last season is still foremost in his mind as he prepares for the pending clash.

“I think the last time we played against Empire in a 15 overs they beat us and that played a little bit on our minds, so we know we can’t take no team for granted and complacency is out of our book. We are going to go and play like we have been playing for the last couple of months,” Cornwall said.

“We have been unbeaten, unbeatable and unstoppable throughout the season but that is gone and what really matters to me is this game which is the most important one and this will achieve more things than even being unbeatable throughout the season.”

The former Leeward Islands captain hinted that Liberta will be without the services of Hayden Walsh Jr for the upcoming finals but said ample weaponry are available to get the job done.

“Basically it’s an overall team effort and we see ourselves put plans in place and achieve it and more so for me and young players and players of old put themselves in a position where they can be spotted and earmarked for Antigua. Go and put on a show and that’s the most important thing in my book. We have overall performances from individuals in the team and I know some of them are keen to go out and put on a good show come the 6th April,” Cornwall said.

Empire reached the finals of the competition following a two-wicket victory over New Winthorpes in the semi-finals staged on Sunday.

New Winthorpes had won the toss and opted to bat, scoring 226 for eight off their 40 overs. Jermaine Otto topped all batsmen with 73 runs, while Russell James contributed with a knock of 42.

Kevinson Attlee bagged three wickets for 50 runs bowling for the victors.

In reply, Empire reached 229 for eight from 39.4 overs. Jauri Edwards scored 55 runs, while Lynton Africa and Ian Tittle had knocks of 36 and 30, respectively.

Stephan Matthew bagged three for 42 with the ball for New Winthorpes.

Tittle said that once Empire get going with the bat, anything is possible come April 6.

“A team will have a bad day so maybe next Saturday will be that team’s bad day. Our strong point is usually our batting; so to me, whilst we bat well, we stand a good change. Around December last year we started practicing, so the only thing I can tell the guys is to just be focused. Just go and play Empire cricket and everything will come in place,” he said

The finals, slated for next week Saturday, will commence at 12:20 pm.

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