The Leeward Islands 50 overs a side tournament, commenced in Montserrat on Tuesday 18th September with two matches.
Another two matches were scheduled for Wednesday 19th September, but only one was played due to inclement weather and only 25 overs per side were possible in the encounter. Here is a report from Vincie Bowen on the Nevis versus Antigua and Barbuda game, played on Wednesday 18th September.
Cornwall Dominates in Antigua and Barbuda victory
After a late start due to a wet pitch from overnight rains, Antigua and Barbuda won the toss and elected to field against Nevis in a match reduced to 25 overs. After a brisk start, the initial breakthrough came in the fourth over with the score on 28 when Jamie Cornelius was caught by Kofi James off the bowling of seamer Stanny Simon for 22 runs from 12 balls. Nino Henry followed in the next over with the wicket of Ross Powell, LBW for 5 runs. Nevis were 30 for the loss of 2 wickets. However, looking to build quick runs in the reduced format, the Nevis lost wickets steadily before closing the innings at 134 for the loss of 9 wickets from the allotted 25 overs. Top-scorer for the innings was middle order batsman Adelvin Phillip who scored an unbeaten 40 runs from 38 balls which included 5 fours and a six.
Bowling for Antigua and Barbuda, Orlando Peters picked up 3 wickets for 36 runs from his 5 over allotment while Rahkeem “Jimbo” Cornwall picked up 2 wickets for a miserly 14 runs from his 5 overs. Nino Henry was also very economical grabbing a wicket while conceding only 12 runs from his 5 overs.
In reply, Antigua and Barbuda started cautiously getting to 33 runs in the seventh over before the opening stand was broken by Nelson Boland with the wicket of Damien Lowenfield, caught by Jamie Cornelius for 16 runs off 23 deliveries. Two deliveries later, Karima Gore was also sent back to the dressing room caught also by Cornelius off the bowling of Boland for a duck. The Antiguan and Barbudan team consolidated its chase with a 42 run partnership between Orlando Peters and opener Kofi James before Peters lost his wicket for 27 runs from 29 balls.
The fall of Peters’ wicket opened the way for a belligerent 52 run partnership between James and Rahkeem Cornwall, 39 of those runs scored by Cornwall taking the score to 128 before James perished for a patient 32 runs from 47 deliveries. Cornwall and Shane Burton both completed the job getting to 135 for the loss of 4 wickets. Cornwall ended with 40 runs from just 18 deliveries smashing 5 fours and clubbing 3 sixes.
The pick of the Nevisian bowlers was Boland who took 2 wickets while conceding 19 runs from his 5 overs.
Cornwall was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his all-round performance.
Summarized scores: Nevis 133 for 9 in 25 overs: Adelvin Phillip 40*; Tonito Willet 28; Jamie Cornelius 22; Duan Webbe 17
Orlando Peters 3 for 36; Rahkeem Cornwall 2 for 13
Antigua and Barbuda 135 for 4 in 21 overs: Rahkeem Cornwall 40*; K. James 32; Orlando Peters 27
Nelson Boland 2 for 19; Williams and Cornelius 1 wicket each.
At Little Bay, the match between St. Maarten and St. Kitts was abandoned due to unplayable conditions.
Matches continue today with Antigua and Barbuda vs Anguilla at Salem Park and Montserrat
Here are the summarized scores for the two matches played on Tuesday 18th September
Montserrat v St. Maarten
St. Maarten 132 all out in 36.2 overs: Charles 34; Wadwha 23
D. Baker 6 for 25; D. Williams 2 for 11
Montserrat 133 for 5 in 26 overs: Tuitt 39; Grant 32; Jeffers 20*
Doram 3 for 55
Montserrat won by 5 wickets
St. Kitts v Anguilla
Anguilla 85 all out in 32 overs: Keacy Carty 23; Chesney Hughes 18
Terrance Warde 5 for 20; Elvin Berridge 3 for 13
St. Kitts 86 for 2 in 26 overs: Larry Audain 38; Akeem Saunders 33
Richardson and Leonard 1 wicket each
St. Kitts won by 8 wickets