Protest Looms Over Abandoned Two-Day Match

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The All Saints Cricket Club could be filing a protest over an umpire’s decision to abandon play in the Two-Day match against Pigotts Crushers in the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) competition over the weekend, if they lose points as a result of said decision.
This is according to President Justin Joseph, who said the club is currently investigating some claims pertaining to the circumstances under which the game was reportedly abandoned before start of play on the second day.
“I am not quite sure what went wrong but the situation unfolded where the players arrived for the game late, and there is no excuse for that. However, I think that the way the situation unfolded was very unfortunate and I think there is some grounds to appeal on,” he said. “I am still investigating the matter and so, until I get full details on the matter, I will not divulge into it.” 
All Saints were set to resume play on Sunday with a lead of 51 runs after posting 204 on the first day. Pigotts made 153 in their first innings.
Peters, however, admitted that his team should take some blame in the debacle.
“We showed up late and, like I said, there is no excuse for us being late. We are the home team, we know what time the game should start and we should have been there but, however, the situation unfolded and we will deal with it from a club standpoint,” the president said. 
Reports state that the results could swing in favour of All Saints as the match referee’s report could state that the match was, in fact, abandoned by Pigotts who refused to take the field.
Meanwhile, the Liberta Blackhawks kept their unbeaten run intact after picking up first innings points in a drawn contest against Caribbean Union Bank (CUB) Bethesda.
Batting first, Black-hawks were all out for 276 in their first innings with veteran and former national player, Wilden Cornwall hitting 146. Kadeem Phillip and Karima Gore contributed with knocks of 50 and 31, respectively.
In reply, Bethesda were all out for 190 with a top score of 37 coming from Winston Noble and Shacoy Floyd adding 35. Batting for a second time, Blackhawks were 61 without loss before the match was ended.
Cornwall said his team is satisfied with the results, given the type of challenge they faced from Bethesda.
“There are teams there that can play well and hold us to draws and there are certain points in games like that where you can walk away with a positive because you can’t win everything. We can’t think we can go out there every week or weekend and win and just get 12 points straight from all of the teams so some of the teams do compete,” he said. 
In other results, Rising Suns Spartans picked up first innings points over New Winthorpes, Empire and Bolans played to a
draw and Combined Schools won first innings over Jennings.
 

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