Empire too much for UWI
Runaway leaders ICBL Empire continued to dominate this season, with captain Jamal Smith leading the way with an unbeaten 42 to pilot the Bank Hall team to a seven-wicket victory over Sagicor UWI in fading light.
Smith was elated when he struck the winning run after UWI declared their second innings at 114 for six, thereby setting a target of 105 in 20 overs. His 42 from forty three deliveries set the tone for his team’s fifth consecutive victory.
Earlier in this low scoring match, the home continuing from their overnight score of nine for one wicket, struggled throughout their first innings , but were able to scrape the lead by ten runs.
Jason Haynes topscored with 34, while Alcindo Holder got 28 and Ryan Hinds 23. Medium pacer Jonathan carter was the most successful bowler for the UWI team with four for 39 while Carlos Brathwaite and Ryan Austin took two wickets each.
Smith played well in an unbeaten third wicket partnership with Roston Chase who made 46 from forty balls. This was a well organised innings after losing opener Haynes in this first over and then Holder in thee third, both bowled by Brathwaite who finished with three for 32.