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Wanderers outwit Police


Philip Hackett

Wanderers outwit Police

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WANDERERS overcame a late start and a rain interruption to record a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Police under the Duckworth/Lewis system in the only match played in the Sagicor General Cup yesterday.Set a revised target of 101 off 28 overs, Wanderers cruised home in 18.3 overs and lost only two wickets.The hosts reached 74 for one in 15 overs attempting to overhaul Police’s 116 all out made in 29.4 overs of a maximum 33. After a rain interruption around 4:20 p.m., five overs were deducted from the allotted 33, leaving Wanderers to score a further 27 runs from 13 overs.Opener Marvin Forde, dropped by substitute fielder David Brancker at forward square leg off medium pacer Trevor Ifill in the third over when nine, lofted a catch to the same fielder at mid-off with just one run required. Left arm spinner Sadiq Hill sent down a wide to Kirk Edwards next ball, gifting the winning run to the home team. Edwards was unbeaten on 32 made off 35 balls while Forde made 43 off 54 balls with two sixes and one four.Earlier Wanderers made early inroads after inviting Police to bat following a delayed start. Play was only possible at 1:14 p.m. after a massive mopping up operation.Police openers Dwayne Yearwood and Roger Williams took the lawmen to 31 off seven overs without too many alarms but the introduction of medium-pacer Mali Marshall (3-27), son of former West Indies fast bowler the late Malcolm Marshall, proved to be a master stroke by Wanderers captain Renaldo Arthur.Marshall, who replaced Ian Bradshaw after the former West Indies fast bowler had sent down just two overs for 11 runs, struck in his second over when he removed both Police openers.Yearwood appeared to be deceived by a slower ball and lobbed a catch to Bradshaw at mid-off and three balls later Williams top-edged a simple catch to ’keeper Arthur as he tried to swing Marshall through the leg-side.In his next over, Marshall found the outside edge of Brian Corbin’s bat as he tried to steer a delivery to third man and Arthur pouched the catch to reduce Police to 38 for three. Police never fully recovered and it took an enterprising eighth wicket partnership of 44 between Sadiq Hill (31) and Derwin Thompson (21), to see the lawmen past the 100 run mark after they they had slumped to 64 for seven.Bradshaw (2-15) and left arm spinner Chad Clarke-Reifer (2-19) ably supported the work of Marshall, while off-spinner Gary Belle was economical in taking one for 15 from seven overs.

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