Warner, Williams Revel In Debut Performances For Master Blasters

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By Neto Baptiste

Half centurion Essan Warner and spinner Glenton Williams have expressed satisfaction with their match-winning performances as the Antigua and Barbuda Master Blasters made light work of Anguilla in the Leeward Islands Three Day Tournament on Monday.

Williams claimed a total of nine wickets in the match, taking six for 32 in 12.5 overs to help remove Anguilla for 161 in 48.5 over in the second innings, while Warner made 50 not out from 50 deliveries to help lift the Master Blasters to victory.

Warner said that having Leeward Islands player Kofi James at the crease was a major motivating factor.

“I had the experience of Kofi James on the other end with me and he is a part of the Leeward Island franchise so he was there just supporting me, because I came in after Tyrone Williams who is another Leeward Islands player and they just told me to just relax and play my game,” he said. 

Williams credited a recent stint in England for his ability to adjust to any situation.

“When you go all around the world and play you meet a lot of different guys, a lot of different pitches and everything is always going to be new, but it is still the same game so you just have to adjust to whatever the conditions are and play the game that you know. I am trying to bowl as consistent as I can and by the end of all the games, I am trying to get between 20 and 25 wickets,” he said. 

Meanwhile, coach Pernel Watley said that although he welcomes the victory, the aim was to have the team bat for a longer period in the first innings.

“I thought it was a small score according to the game but, according to our opponents who only made 113 in the first innings, it worked out well for us. Our target was supposed to be 300 on the first day and that was our plan. The guys also have the ability to bat for long because some of the guys did that in the trial matches in Antigua so it is just a matter of going in, being patient, be focused, know what they are supposed to be doing and do it,” he said.

Antigua and Barbuda will take on Montserrat in their next match slated to bowl off on February 23 at Warner Park.

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