Lions Roar In Rain Hit Opening Weekend Of Two Day Competition

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By Neto Baptiste

New Winthorpes Lions were the only outright winners in the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Two Day competition on the weekend after easily dispatching of Bolans by an innings and two runs in New Winthorpes.

Put in to bat, Bolans in their first innings, could only manage 109 runs before they were all out in 35 overs. Their best effort came from Jevaughn James who made 24 from 48 deliveries. Zavear Otto and Dishon Henry were the pick of the bowlers, each claiming three wickets.

In their first innings reply, New Winthorpes raised 178 for nine declared. Shavon Moore led his team’s charge with a half century, scoring 53 runs from 88 balls. Jamaul Fernandez added 43 to the total from 41 deliveries. Dwayne Fordyce was best with the ball for Bolans, claiming four wickets for 30 runs in 11 overs.

Batting for a second time, Bolans were all out for 67, their demise orchestrated by Moore and Asher Cornelius who both grabbed three wickets. Moore had three for 19 in nine overs while Cornelius snatched three for eight in 4.1 overs.

Meanwhile, Jennings gained first innings points against Liberta Blackhawks after their match ended in a draw in Jennings.

Batting first, Blackhawks made 106 all out in 36.1 overs with Kofi James hitting a top score of 35. G. Williams marshalled Jennings’ bowling, sweeping six wickets for just 21 runs in 10.1 overs. He had help from Orlando Peters with four wickets for 14 runs in 11 overs.

When their first opportunity at the crease arrived, Jennings posted 214 for seven declared with P. Miller hitting 11 fours and two sixes on his way to 73 off 94 balls. Peters assisted with 39 runs from 64 balls. Kadeem Phillip led the bowling for Blackhawks with five wickets for 74 runs in 16.2 overs.

Blackhawks seemingly got it right the second time around, reaching 147 for six before play ended. A Nathaniel top-scored with 68 while K. Greenaway added 48 runs to the effort.

Rain also affected the outcome of the match between All Saints Pythons and Rising Sun Spartans.

Sent in to bat, Rising Sun could only manage 95 all out in their first innings with G. Harillal the top scorer with 43 runs. R. Williams was the pick of the bowlers for All Saints, grabbing five wickets for 33 runs in six overs. West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and S. Peters each had two wickets.

In their first innings reply, All Saints raised 176 before they were all out. Joseph hit a top score of 82 from 40 deliveries which included five fours and seven sixes. Harillal, M. Charles and X. Marshall each had three wickets for the home team.

Spartans feared much better during their second go at the wicket, posting 276 all out with Charles getting the first century of the competition, hitting 101 from 94 deliveries. He struck 10 fours and five sixes. There were contributions of 47 and 43 from S. Floyd and T. Allen respectively.

Pythons, in their second innings, were 59 for three before the game was abandoned.

In other results, the match between Bethesda Golden Eagles and Combines Schools was abandoned while Empire won first innings over Pigotts Crushers.

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