Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – February 21, 2017 – Team rivals and Victors One have positioned themselves to stake a claim for a place in the finals of the 2017 National Lotteries Authority 20/20 cricket competition.

Team Rivals defeated defending champions Flow Radcliffe and Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward on the weekend of February 18th and 19th, to move to three wins from as many matches, and in doing, are one of the leaders of the Super Six round on 9 points.

On Sunday 19th, Team Rivals had the better of Flow Radcliffe by 12 runs, in a game played at the Arnos Vale playing field.  Teams Rivals struggled up to 122 all out in 20 overs, primarily due to 55 from Hyron Shallow and 24 from Casmond Walters. Dyke Cato picked up 3 for 23 and Andy Harper 2 for 16 bowling for Flow Radcliffe. Flow Radcliffe in reply were strangled and could only manage 110 for 7 when their allotment ran out. London James 31 and Romano Pierre 20 were their main scorers. Deighton Butler was Team Rivals’ best bowler bagging 4 for 11 including a decisive hattrick.

Earlier On Saturday 18th at the Sion Hill playing field,  Team Rivals had an easier win over Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward by 53 runs. Team Rivals scored 133 for 7 at their turn at the crease, with Deighton Butler getting 29, Husni Porter 28, Rasheed Federicks 25 and Dillon Douglas 23.  Shamon Hooper grabbed 4 for 20 while Allison Samuel picked up 2 for 17 bowling for North Leeward. The lads from the Leeward end of the island could only manage 80 in reply however, having batted 17.5 overs. Casmond Walters 4 for 13 and Olanzo Jackson 2 for 10 destroyed the North Leeward Innings.

Victors One also share the leading position at the top of the points table, also winning their first three Super Six round matches. This past weekend, Victors defeated Guardian General Saints by eight wickets on Saturday at Arnos Vale Two. Saints Rallied to score 150 for 8 in their 20 overs, complements 68 from Seon Sween and 28 from Sunil Ambris. Alston Bobb continued his good form with the ball taking 3 for 28 while Norlan Williams took 2 for 10 bowling for Victors. Victors One in reply lost only two wickets and batted 17.4 overs in reaching 151. Atticus Browne led the way with an unbeaten 69 while Miles Bascombe scored 42. Rolando Wright picked up the two wickets to fall, taking 2 for 19 bowling for Saints.

Victors One also had the better of Smasher on Sunday last, beating them by 103 runs at the Sion Hill playing field. Victors One made 186 for 4 in 20 overs. Mile Bascombe hit 64 before being run out, while Chrisroy John added 38. Marvin Harry was Smashers best bowler, taking 2 for 26. Smashers in reply could only muster 83 all out in 14.4 overs. Jordon Corridan top scored with 24. Alston Bobb added four more wickets to his tally,  taking 4 for 21, while Shaquille Browne and Norlan Williams took 2 for 13 and 2 for 17 respectively.

Also on the weekend, The defending champions Flow Radcliffe had an eight wicket win over Smashers at end main Arnos Vale playing field.  Smashers laboured up to 101 for 9 in their 20 overs. Kirton Lavia 25 and Javon Samuel 22 were their principal scorers. West Indies Under 19 champion Gidron Pope, took 3 for 20 while Othneil Lewis took 2 for 23. Flow Radcliffe then took 14.1 overs to get to 102 and lost 2 wickets. Romano Pierre was left not out on 41 while Wayne Harper contributed 29 to secure the win.

The sixth game played on the weekend saw a four wickets win for Guardian General Saints over Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward at Arnos Vale Two. North Leeward scored 150 for six in their 20 overs, with a Shamon Hooper stroking 61 and Allison Samuel 22. Romel Currency 2 for 19 and Sunil Ambris 2 for 28 were the main wicket takers for Saints, who replied with 152 for 6 in 19.1 overs. Jerron John 41 and Sunil Ambris 39 led the way with the bat. Winston Samuel 2 for 17 and Vidol Edwards 2 for 35 got amongst the wickets for North Leeward.

The two remaining rounds of Super Six games will be played on the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February before the Final on March 4th. The two top teams from the Super Six will contest the Final. If the Final is abandoned due to rain, then the winner will be the team with the most points From the Super Six round. If that remains equal, then Net Run Rate will separate the teams.

In the National Women’s 40 overs competition, records galore went by the way side as Garifuna Stars got the better of Defending champions United Survivors on Saturday 18th, at the London playing field. Garifuna Stars amassed the highest total in an innings by a female team in SVG’s Women’s Cricket history, 273 in 32.4 overs. Juliana Nero hammered an 83 ball 146, including five sixes and eighteen fours. Her century was one of two on the day, a record in itself. Nyasha Williams also contributed 51. Sherma Wright 3 for 55, Kimone Homer 2 for 44 and Cordel Jack 2 for 57 took wickets for United Survivors. In reply the defending champions fell short by 55 runs, getting to 218 for 9. Cordel Jack hit 103 while Kimone Homer added 46. Juliana Nero completed a superb all round performance taking 3 for 38, while Nyasha Williams and Denise Francois took 2 for 33 and 2 for 55 respectively.

The two totals together, 491, is a new record for the total runs scored in a day in National Women’s Cricket.

Roxell John
SVG Cricket Association Inc

Written by Kishore Shallow

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