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Yorkshire sap Maple in T20

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Yorkshire sap Maple  in T20

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RYAN LAYNE showed his vast experience in domestic cricket as he guided Division One side, IGS Insurance Brokers Yorkshire, to an upset seven-wicket win over two-time champions Maple in the second series of the Sagicor Twenty20 yesterday.

The scales appeared to be tilted in Maple’s favour at the end of the 18th over with Yorkshire needing a further 16 runs for victory from the two remaining overs. However, three consecutive fours from Layne in the 19th over bowled by Khalid Springer sealed the fate of Maple.

After being invited to bat, Maple reached 137 for seven due to a knock of 41 from Shane Parris off 35 balls with five boundaries. Parris and Collis Worrell (35) added 55 for the fourth wicket while Joel Leacock chipped in with a breezy 21 off 17 balls.

Yorkshire responded positively, reaching 69 for two in 11 overs, thanks to a second wicket partnership of 48 between captain Akeem Nero (32) and Jamar Layne (42) before rain halted play briefly.

After the resumption, Ryan Layne joined Jamar and took the score to 98 in the 16th over. With solid and sensible support from Amani Best (15 n.o.) Layne saw the Yorkshire side home with an over remaining.

AT DAYRELLS ROAD: CounterPoint Wanderers opened their winning account with a comprehensive win by 57 runs to condemn Massy United Insurance Wildey to a second successive defeat.

The hosts, who were invited to bat, reeled off a formidable 198 for six before reducing the visitors to 141 for nine to gather their first points.

Experienced middle order batsman Kirk Edwards capitalised on a solid opening partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite (43) and Jason Greene (44), belting three fours and an equal number of sixes in a 16-ball 42 after the openers were separated in the 13th over.

In their turn at the crease, Wildey quickly lost their opening pair, with Brathwaite, in the unusual role of new ball bowler, removing captain Pedro Greaves for his second straight duck with his second delivery.

A promising third-wicket stand by David Carter and Kofie Hurdle briefly threatened a counter-attack but all hope faded with their dismissals for 51 and 27, respectively. Wanderers’ captain Diego Stuart then sealed the outcome by dismissing Carlos Brathwaite and Aaron Jones in consecutive overs. (WAYNE HOLDER)

AT BLENHEIM ‘A’: ESA Field Pickwick made it two wins in a row, with a comfortable 41-run victory over BRC BCL, who crashed to a second straight defeat.

Needing 123, BCL were limited to 81 for nine from the 20 overs. Tino Best took three for 18 including two batsmen caught at mid-off. Shane Jones chipped in with two for 15.

Earlier, Pickwick reached 122 for six from their allotted 20 overs. New West Indies batsman Shai Hope played on to the first ball of the game from medium-pacer Shakeel Knight.

Craig St. Hill (28) and Kyle Hope (24) added 39 for the second-wicket. Rohan Ryan with a run-a-ball 24 and Best 16 not out saw the total past the 100-run mark. However, BCL did not help their cause by spilling four catches. (ELVIS HOWARD)

AT WEYMOUTH ‘A’: Solid knocks by Richard Greaves (59), Larry Babb (42 not out) and Dwayne Yearwood (34 not out) enabled Police to secure a much-deserved victory by 17 runs over BDFSP yesterday.

After being sent in Police reached 149 for two off 20 overs. Greaves’ innings included five fours and a six while Babb was brutal with five sixes and a four off just 12 balls. Yearwood, who lent good support counted three fours in his knock.

Chasing 150 for victory, BDFSP made a fight of it through Rico Wiggins, who got 57 not out with two fours and a six and Renaldo Brathwaite, who supported with 47, which included five fours and a six. (LOUIS HOLDER)

AT PINE BASIN: A flamboyant innings of 69 by MTW’s captain Raymond Kellman decorated with nine fours and a six could not see his side over the line as they were defeated by the visiting Brathwaite Construction St Catherine by 24 runs.

Set 158 runs to win, the home side were on course at 92 for two, before St Catherine’s spinners Shamar Cooke and Derick Bishop and medium-pacer Darnell Greenidge halted the run flow as they each collected two wickets for 18, 21 and 24 runs, respectively.

MTW were eventually restricted to 133 for nine off their full allotment.

Earlier, Cooke rode his luck surviving three chances to hit an attractive 61 off 41 balls after St Catherine were sent in. Cooke, whose knock included four fours and two sixes shared a third wicket stand of 64 runs with Kenroy Williams stroked 29 off 32 deliveries.

Captain Ulric Batson then added a quick 21 not out to see the visitors to a reasonable score of 157 for seven off their 20 overs. (LINDON YARDE)

AT BANK HALL: LIME capitalised on an excellent opening stand with resilient lower order batting to help squeeze out a two-wicket victory over ICBL Empire.

With eight required off seven deliveries to overhaul Empire’s 140 for four, Chad Batson clouted Andre Evelyn over long on for four, to reduce the target to four off the final over. Devon Phillips (13), cheekily paddled the first delivery from Kevin Stoute to the fine leg boundary but was bowled next ball with LIME still needing one to win. Daley Hurley drove the first ball he faced to the long on boundary to lift the score to 143 for eight and seal the win for the visitors.

Openers Jason Hinds (31) and Cyprian Payne (34) gave LIME a solid start of 56 in just under nine overs but Empire had stayed in the contest by picking up wickets at regular intervals. (PHILIP HACKETT)