The first match of the 2017 edition of the Leeward Island’s Masters Cricket tournament, was played at the brand new venue, located at Red Hook in St. Thomas, on Friday 26th May.
Nevis engaged St.Maarten and was sent in to bat on the virgin territory. Due to the late start, the match was originally scheduled for 15 overs with no cut off time established. At the beginning of the 13th over, one of the umpires informed the two captains that it was indeed the last over.
Nevis got to 98 for 5.
St.Maarten lost wickets regularly but still seemed on course for victory. However, superb bowling at the death by Wendell Wallace and Curtis Morton, complemented an aggressive burst by Elroy David at the top of the innings, to restrict them to 97 for 7.
The St. Maarten team required 9 runs to win and 8 runs to tie from the last over bowled by Wendell Wallace and managed only 7 to lose by a mere one run in the nail biter.
Summarized scores: Nevis Masters 98 for 5 in 13 overs: Tony Grant 29; Elroy David 24; Ardie Liburd 23
Don Farrell 1 for 14; Cornelius Dupie 1 for 23; Alvin Randophe 1 for 27
St.Maarten 97 for 7 in 13 overs: Alvin Prescod 26; Reginald Joseph 22
Elroy David 2 for 7; Wendell Wallace 2 for 24; Derrick Parry 2 for 25; Curtis Morton 1 for 1
Nevis won by 1 run