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Spartan teach UWI lesson

Harold Eastmond at Queen’s Park

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Defending champions Sagicor UWI suffered their first defeat of this year’s Sagicor Twenty20 Championship when they went under to Super Centre Spartan by six wickets in the fourth series of matches yesterday.
UWI had a disappointing batting performance after winning the toss when they folded for an inadequate 117 in 19.1 overs to which the Parkites replied with 121 for four from 19 overs.
UWI’s total could have been worse if not for an unbeaten 59 from 44 balls with four fours and two sixes by Kavem Hodge after the champions had capitulated to 51 for six in the tenth over.
In partnership with leg-spinner Akeem Dewar, Hodge added 50 from 37 balls for the seventh wicket.
Left-arm spinner Andre Marshall (2-19) and seamer Andre Gill (2-24), opening the attack, caused the early damage while Sulieman Benn (2-6) was both incisive and economical.
In reply, Spartan stuttered early to be 28 for three before former captain Shamarh Brooks and new boy Jameel Stuart posted a 71-run fourth-wicket stand that took the home team within sight of victory. Brooks remained unbeaten 48 while Stuart contributed 28.