Antigua thumped a whopping 355 for 5 from their 90 overs. Orlando Peters of Antigua and Barbuda hitting a superb century with 152 runs from 255 balls, which included 20 4s. Antiguan skipper Austin Richards Jr. stroked 94 runs from 118 balls with 14 4s and a 6.
Bowling for St. Kitts Calvin Williams bowled 10 overs collecting 1-44. Shino Berridge had 1- 63 from 10 overs; Captain Jacques Taylor bowled 19 overs with three maidens but failed to claim a wicket and conceded 64 runs, Elsroy Powell from 18 overs, got 1-74. Steven Liburd and Elvin Berridge had a wicket each for 37 and 56 runs respectively.
St. Kitts Coach Percy Daniel said that he was very disappointed with his team’s performance. “It was, in my view a dismal performance. We were to take most of the catches offered to us….we dropped several crucial catches at almost every stage of the game,” Daniel said.
The match continued on Wednesday with day two at the Warner Park with St. Kitts taking the crease in an attempt to beat Antigua’s total of 355.
Elsewhere Nevis lost to Montserrat by three runs in a rain affected match at the Conaree Cricket Ground. The match was scheduled to be a two day encounter but because of some challenges with the field the decision was made to play two one day matches, the second one on Wednesday.
Nevis batting first made 189 – 5 from 40 overs skipper Kejel Tyson top scored with 66, Carlon Smithen made 37. Bowling for Montserrat, Quinton Boatswain took 2- 26, Lionel Baker 1- 46, Deno Baker 1- 18 and Tevin Osbourne 1- 18. A forty minutes rain interval reduced Montserrat’s target to 163 according to the Duckworth Lewis system.
Montserrat reached 166 from 30 overs, with Brian Stephan hitting a 4 with the last ball needing only one to. Dolston Tuitt top scored with 46, Lionel Baker 23 and Zahuan Sweeney 33 runs.
Bowling for Nevis Campbell took 3-35, Nelson Boland 2 – 25 and Tonito Willet 1 – 10.
Both teams will play the second one day today at the same venue.
The second set of two day cricket matches will take place on September 29 and 30 with St. Kitts taking on Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda playing Montserrat.