Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – March 14, 2017 – Team Rivals and Victors One surged ahead of the pack,  in the National Lotteries Authority National Premier Division, with outright wins on the opening weekend of the 2017 competition.

Team Rivals had an impressive start to the tournament, with a big innings and 38 runs win over Guardian General Saints at the Sion Hill playing field. Saints struggles with the bat during this 2017 Cricket season continued, as they were dismissed for 112 in their first innings. Of the modest total, Romel Currency accounted for 58 while Jerron John added  31. Casmond Walters pick up 3 for 13, Roniel Jeffery 2 for 33 and Orlanzo Jackson 2 for 37 bowling for Team Rivals. Team Rivals in reply totalled 218 for 7 declared. Asif Hooper led the way with 71 while Obed McCoy made 35 not out. 3 for 49 by Kenlon Davis and 2 for 49 from Teron Simon were the best bowling figures for Guardian General Saints. Needing to score 106 to have Team Rival bat again, Guardian General Saints were shot out for 68, due to an impressive firey spell from West Indies Under 19 fast bowler Obed McCoy. McCoy bagged 7 for 31, ripping through the heart of the Saints batting.

Also last weekend, Victors One had to work hard for their eleven runs win over Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO, in a low scoring match at Arnos Vale Two. Victors One took first knock and lost their way from 98 for 4 to end on 134 when their innings closed. Atticus Browne and Kirton Lavia, 29 and 28 respectively, were Victors One principal scorers. Andre Hunt 4 for 23 and Antonio Barker 3 for 10 had the best returns for ASCO with the ball. ASCO’s first innings fell seven runs short that of Victors One, as they were dismissed for 127. Antonio Barker and Andre Hunt once again did most of the work for ASCO, scoring 30 and 25 respectively. bowling for Victors One, Shaquille Browne bagged 4 for 28 while Nurlon Williams pick up 3 for 28. Victors One did not fare better in their second innings, and were indebted to a 6th wicket partnership of 37 between Lauron Francois 22 and Shaquille Browne 21, to take them to 96 all out. Konard Adams 3 for 29, Deron Greaves 2 for 6 and Kenton Dalzel 2 for 17, all got amongst the wickets for ASCO. Set 104 for victory, Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO had progressed to 71 for 5, before losing their remaining five wickets for 21 runs, being dismissed for 92. Deron Greaves scored 27. Shaquille Browne 4 for 34 and Miles Bascombe 2 for 28 took wickets for Victors One in their second bowling effort.

The third Premier Division fixture slated for the Park Hill playing field last weekend, between 2016 champions Flow Radcliffe and Police Two ended in a no result, without a ball being bowled, due to wet conditions on the playing surface.

The National Lotteries Authority 50 overs Sunday League featured two games last Sunday, March 12th. At the Buccament playing field, defending Sunday League champions Smashers, suffered a massive 243 runs defeat at the hands of Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward. North Leeward hammered their way to 357 for 4 in 37 overs, behind two unbeaten centuries. Shamon Hooper plundered the Smashers bowling and helped himself to 169 not out, punctuated with eighteen boundaries and six sixes. He shared an unbeaten 5th wicket stand of 227 runs with Ronnique Laborde, who was left not out on 103. In reply Smashers could only manage 114 when their innings closed at the lost of their 7th wicket. Ronald Scott 29 and Deptor Culzac 26 were their main scorers. Two wickets a piece for Shamon Hooper, Nigel Small and Winston Samuel completed the win for North Leeward.

At the Stubbs Playing field on Sunday last in the Sunday League, Rudy’s Electrical Unique Warriors also helped themselves to a 212 runs victory over Prime Consulting Marriaqua. Bill Edwards’ 144, dotted with fourteen sixes and seven boundaries, led the way with the bat for Unique Warriors, as they amassed 336 for 9 in 47 overs. Jamali Wales 3 for 60, Suneel Paul 2 for 37 and Glenroy Jacobs 2 for 57 took wickets for Marriaqua. Prime Consulting Marriaqua replied with 124 all out in 33 overs. Jamali Wales top scored with 24. Ansil Hooper grabbed 4 for 32 while Leon Samuel pick up 3 for 19.

National Women’s Cricket was also on last Saturday, March 11th. At London, defending champions United Survivors had a seven wickets win over Garifuna Stars, who were unbeaten going into this second round game. Garifuna Stars scored 140 for 4 in their allotted 25 overs, reduced from 40 overs due to stoppages for rain. Juliana Nero helped herself to 87 not out. Sherma Wright took 2 for 27 bowling for United Survivors, who replied with 144 for 3 in 22.2 overs. Cordel Jack 74 not out and Kimone Homer 30, shared an eighty runs second wicket partnership, that paved their teams way to victory.

At the Stubbs playing field on Saturday last, J.G Tigress romped to a ten wickets victory over Radcliffe Girls. Radcliffe Girls could only muster 32 in their batting effort. Shenezia  Daniel took 4 for 11 and Aisha 2 for 15 bowling for J.G Tigress, who in reply took 7.1 overs to get to 33 without lost.

Matches continue in all three competitions this coming weekend, March 18th and 19th. Flow Radcliffe and Guardian General Saints will do battle at the Park Hill playing field, while Police Two and Victors One meet each other at Sion Hill in two Premier Division games.

Four 50 overs Sunday League matches are also carded for the coming weekend. Radcliffe Too come up against Victors Two at the Arnos Vale One Playing field, Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward host Triumph United at Buccament, Combined Youths play SVG Cooperative Bank Glamorgan United at Arnos Vale Two while French Verandah SVG Community College take on Belfongo at Stubbs.

National Women’s Cricket on Saturday 18th March will bring together Radcliffe Girls and Garifuna Stars at London, while United Survivors clash with J.G Tigress at Stubbs.

Prepared by:

Roxell John

Written by Kishore Shallow

President of the SVGCA Inc. since 2014. Professionally, an IT / Business Consultant, with extensive experience in Information Systems. Academic background includes MBA (Specialization in Finance), BSc (Hons) Applied Business Computing, and currently a DBA Candidate (with focus on Financial Management). Learn more about Kishore on LinkedIn.