UWI in last four of T20
Sagicor UWI, all confidence and aggression, marched into the last four of the Sagicor General Twenty20 cricket competition with an emphatic 45-run victory over the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) at the 3Ws Oval, Wednesday night.
This was a big team effort, with promising young players Nicholas Kirton and Leniko Boucher setting up the win with a second-wicket stand of 75, and then it was the turn of their quartet of left-arm spinners led by 23 year-old St Lucian Larry Edward to peg back BDFSP and reduce the match to a one-sided contest.
Edward, a third year student in banking and finance, ripped through the middle order, collecting the scalps of skipper Tevyn Walcott, top scorer Javon Grosvenor, Jameel Stuart and Vataly Wilkinson, to finish with four for 27.
“This was one of my best performances in this format. I kept it tight and was able to collect wickets. I enjoyed this spell,” said a delighted Edward.
He and fellow spinners Kavem Hodge, the experienced Ryan Hinds and in particular Linton Buchanan, were miserly all the way through and never allowed BDFSP to mount a platform for the chase, which required them to score at nearly nine an over.
When Hodge, operating from the pavilion end, removed the left-handed openers Rico Wiggins and Dario Belle cheaply, the latter stumped after hitting a four and a six in the same over, the task had become more difficult.
By the end of ten overs, they were 58 for three. After the same number of overs UWI were 76 for one. Grosvenor and Stuart steadied the innings with a fourth wicket partnership of 45, but they were scoring at a run-a-ball when the asking rate was as much as 13 an over at one stage. Grosvenor made 38 in 35 balls and Stuart 27 in 26 balls, with BDFSP limping to 126 for eight.
Earlier, UWI posted 171 for five, with the left-handed Kirton and right-handed opener Boucher taking centre stage after the early loss of Anthony Alleyne, who took 14 off the first over. Boucher blossomed after a quiet start, cracking 48 in 47 balls before he was out sweeping, while Kirton, the more belligerent of the two, smoked 60 in 44 balls with three fours and three sixes.
At one stage, UWI were scoring at nearly eight an over, with 55 runs coming in the first seven overs. Stuart and left-arm spinner Tremaine Harris brought the run rate down to 6.79 at one stage, but UWI had plenty of wickets in hand for the final slog. That task was left to Akeem Dewar, who blasted an undefeated 32 off 15 balls, taking 14 off the last over. (MK)