Spartans get second win but fail to advance in Cool & Smooth T20

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Aqualympia Rising Suns Spartans won only their second match of the 2017 Cool & Smooth T20 Explosion on Sunday, beating Pigotts Crushers by 16 runs when they met in the feature contest of a double-header at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
However, the victory was not enough to see the newcomers into the next round of the lucrative competition, as they would have completed their quota of four matches and are sitting second from bottom in their group.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Spartans reached 142 for seven in their allotted 18 overs after the match was reduced from 20 overs. Akeem Saunders led the way for Spartans with 47 runs.
Vincent Shadrach Jr and Dwain Fordyce were the pick of the bowlers for Crushers, each bagging two wickets.
In reply, Crushers reached 126 for seven in their 18 overs. They were led by Derrick Mourillon who slammed a half century (50 runs) while Rolston Phillip was not out on 23 and Malique Gerald made 22.
Geetesh Harillal and Daniel Doram were best with the ball for Spartans, each claiming three wickets.
Manager of the Spartans team, Wayne Hewlett, praised the talents of the overseas-based players improved the team’s standard of play.
“I have to commend the output of those guys from St Maarten and St Kitts that played with us. They are a young crop and actually, two of them are 19 years old and they really showed great potential,” he said.
“Our team has been put together since a long while and mostly, our local guys failed with the bat but they came through with the ball and that’s why we weren’t really humiliated by anybody but we should have won that third game against All Saints.”
According to Hewlett, the local players must work harder to hone their talents.
“They need to get into the nets. We have one of the most capable coaches in the region in John Archibald for them to utilise and suck up information and knowledge of the game, technique, and stuff like that,” he said.
“We have a few guys that, because Rising Sun has resurrected, they came back out to play some cricket so they are not full up on target as yet and we have other guys who need to work on. We have youngsters we have drawn into our team so we have some work to do.”
Meanwhile, Sunday’s opening match between New Winthorpes and the PIC Liberta Blackhawks was abandoned because of rain.
New Winthorpes won the toss and opted to bat, making 88 all out in 18.1 overs. Otis Thomas was the only batsman of note with 32 runs. Kadeem Phillip bagged four wickets for 15 runs off four overs bowling for the victors.
The Blackhawks were 19 for three after 3.4 overs when rain ended play. The teams will share points.

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