Despite two big innings by Welton Edwards Young Guns suffered a double defeat this weekend in the Auckland Marley Hector T10 cricket tournament at Conaree Cricket Centre, while Lions also suffer a possible knockout punch.
Sandy Point, Newtown and Molineaux/Cayon all found success this past weekend as the top four takes shape in the competition.
On Saturday, table toppers Sandy Point smashed Young Guns for 120 for 3 off their 10 overs. Akeem Saunders led the way for Sandy Point with 65 off 31 deliveries smashing seven fours and two sixes, as he guided his side to the highest total in the competition thus far.
In response, Young Guns gave Sandy Point a good run as they threatened the target. Openers Welton Edwards and Bernard Island put on 58 for the opening partnership with Island stroking 37 from 23 balls. When he departed Edwards then took up the bulk of the scoring before he was run out for 48 from 28 balls.
His dismissal ended Young Guns Hopes of an upset as they eventually stumbled to 99 for 5 from their 10vers.
On Sunday, the first game saw a match-up between Newtown and Lions with both teams featuring players from the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots who are here preparing for the 2019 CPL.
Lions featuring Patriots’ Riyad Emrit and Yannick Ottley won the toss and decided to bat and posted 84 for 2 from their 10 overs. Ottley stroked 44 from 19 balls and Tariq Newman hit 20 from 17 balls as Lions looked to record their first win.
In their turn at the crease Newtown who featured Jeremiah Louis and Dominic Drakes of the Patriots reached their target with Jeremiah and Drakes bringing the team home.Captain Mikyle Louis however top scored for Newtown with 44 from 29 balls to set up the eight wicket victory.
After the game captain Mikyle of Newtown said that his team had a plan and executed well.
“The bowlers executed well and the batsmen in the end did a really good job.”
Going forward he said they would be looking to keep things simple and not over complicate the game.
Emrit said the game was a good opportunity to get some match sharpness ahead of the CPL.
“I’m just trying to keep fit. It is one of the shorter versions of the game and more intense and I take the opportunity as much as I can now and stay as match ready as I can.”
In the final match of the weekend Molineaux/Cayon defeated Young Guns by seven wickets. Young Guns asked to bat first posted 74 for 3 off their 10 overs, with Welton Edwards leading the way with 53 off 37 balls as he dominated the innings as the only batsman reaching double digits.
However, the target did not pose a challenge for Molineaux/Cayon as they strolled to 74 for 3 off 7.2 overs with Devon Thomas another Patriots player smashing 48 off 23 balls.