Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – March 6, 2017 – VICTORS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it’s all in the name, as they defeated Team Rivals by four wickets, and in so doing became the new National Lotteries Authority Neil Williams National T20 champions, on Saturday March 4th, at the Sion Hill playing field.

In what was an absorbing low scoring Finals, Team Rivals once again struggled in their batting effort, as they took first knock in the much touted encounter. They eventually managed 92 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. Veteran, Deighton Butler was Team Rivals’ main stay with 30.

Man of the Match Norlan Williams bagged 3 for 14, while Kimson Dalzell took 2 for 12 as they bowled well for Victors One.

Victors One did not fare much better in the early stages of their reply,  and were precariously placed at 28 for 3 at one point. However,  a 32 runs 4th wicket partnership between Donwell Hector who made 36, and Lauren Francois 11, consolidated Victors One’s reply, after which they staggered over the line to 96 for 6 in 18.1 overs. Deighton Butler used all his experience to no avail, and ended with figures of 2 for 6 from 4 over bowling for Team Rivals.

Also on the weekend last, the National Lotteries Authority National 50 overs Sunday League began, with wins for the 2016 runners up, French Verandah SVG Community College and 2016 Semi Finalist, Victors Two.

The French Verandah SVG Community College had a 141 runs win over newcomers Glamorgan United at the Buccament playing field on Sunday. In what was less than ideal batting conditions, the College unit totaled 245 all out in 42.2 overs. Captain and SVG National Under 19 Vice Captain Jeremy Layne, led the way with the tournament’s first century, 104, that include 3 sixes and 11 fours. Jaheel Walters and Dion Bynoe also added 22 and 20 respectively. Godfrey Brewster 3 for 42, Elvis John 2 for 27, Adolphus Campbell 2 for 44 and Chesley Ottley 2 for 50, all go amongst the wickets for Glamorgan United. Glamorgan United in reply were dismissed for 104 in 30.3 overs. Alfred McKenzie top scored with 20. Jeremy Haywood grabbed 4 for 13 while Ronaldo Franklyn and Rayshorn John pick up 3 for 40 and 2 for 17 respectively.

At the Sion Hill playing field on Sunday last, Victors Two had the better of Strike Eagles by 8 wickets. Strike Eagles were dismissed for a mere 108 in 25.3 overs. Adrian Stapleton made 25. Bowling for Victors Two, Kishore Shallow bagged 4 for 25 while Jenry Ollivierre and  Adinol Richards took two wickets each for 4 and 29 runs respectively.  In reply, 30 from Denis Byam, 28 not out from Jardon Jacobs and 20 not out from Kishore Shallow saw Victors Two on to victory; 109 for 2 in 22.2 overs.

Two Women’s Cricket games were also played last weekend in the National 40 overs competition.

On Saturday 4th March, Garifuna Stars continued their purple patch with an exciting 3 runs win over J.G Tigress at the Stubbs playing field. Garifuna Stars totalled 113 all out in 25.4 overs. Their total was hinged around 63 from Nyasha Williams and Denise Francois 19. Isha Williams and Samantha Caine took 3 for 5 and 3 for 19 respectively bowling for J.G Tigress. J.G Tigress in reply fell just short, as they were dismissed for 110 in 28.1 overs. Samantha Caine was their leader with the bat scoring 36. Nyasha Williams completed a superb alround performance taking 3 for 22, while Jesica Lavia picked up 2 for 27.

The weekend of Cricket ended with a mammoth 248 runs victory for defending champions United Survivors over Radcliffe Women,  on Sunday 5th at the Stubbs playing field. United Survivors smashed their way to 341 for 3 in 35 overs. Cordel Jack hammered 126 while Samantha Lynch stroked her way to 97 not out. Gwenda Hoyte took all three wickets to fall, ending with figures of 3 for 48. In reply Radcliffe Women were bundled out for 93 in 17.2 overs. Only Jennisha Hackshaw showed any resistance scoring 23. Sherma Wright 2 for 16 and Cinecia Matthews 2 for 19 were United Survivors best bowlers.

Cricket action will continue this weekend, March 11th and 12th. The National Lotteries Premier Division will get on the way with three matches. Victors One will take on Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO at the Arnos Vale playing field. Team Rivals and Guardian General Saints go head to head at the Sion Hill playing field, and defending champion Flow Radcliffe will play Police at Park Hill playing field.

In the National 50 overs Sunday League on Sunday March 12th, Ruddy’s Electrical Unique Warriors will meet Prime Consulting Marriaqua at the Stubbs playing field playing, while Defending Champions Smashers and Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward square of at the Buccament playing field.

And in the Women’s 40 overs competition, unbeaten Garifuna Stars will come up against J.G Tigress at the London Playing field while Radcliffe Women and United Survivors play each other at the Stubbs playing field. Both games are slated for Saturday 11th March.

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.