Nevis Stomp St. Kitts in LICA Tournament Opener

At the Elquemedo Willett Park in Charlestown, St. Kitts came up against sister island Nevis, where St. Kitts won the toss and chose to bat first, on a two paced pitch.

The innings got off to a good start with Codville Rogers making a steady 23 St. Kitts looked on course for a solid total but a barrage of quick wickets left St. Kitts on 60-3.

Steve Liburd and Elsroy Powell came to the crease and looked to re-establish the Kittitian innings, until Powell departed for 12, leaving St. Kitts struggling on 94-4. Then two quick wickets left the Kittitians at 98-5, needing a big knock from one of its senior batmen.

When Steve Liburd departed for 36, Akeem Saunders for 1 and Dilyn Liddie left without scoring, St. Kitts was behind the eight ball at 97-7 which then quickly became 98-9.  A 32 run partnership for the 10th wicket between Calvin Williams and Shino Berridge carried St. Kitts to 130 all out when Calvin Williams was caught trying to dispatch a bad ball.

In reply, Nevis got off to a bad start, losing two wickets in the first over, one being a silly run out.  Then Calvin Williams bagged a second, leaving Nevis struggling on 9-3, when he got a third the team was left struggling at 24-4.

When Tonito Willet and Dennyson Browne got together with Nevis struggling, they both started a little shaky but once they settled down and their confidence started to build they powered the Nevisians to the target with both scoring unbeaten fifties.

Elsewhere at Warner Park, some superb late order batting from Antigua & Barbuda powered them to 257 all out with Hayden Walsh Jr. stroking 76 and Larry Joseph hitting 53.

Bowling for Montserrat saw Tevin Osbourne collecting 5- 39.  In reply Montserrat innings never go going with them being bowled out for 172 with Dolston Tuitt making 41 and Tevin Osborne 27; for Antigua Mali Richards picked up 3-27, Rahkeem Cornwall grabbing 2-22 and Gavin Tonge collecting 2-27.

Also in a close encounter at the Carib Lumber Park in St. Martin, a battle between the home team and Anguilla, saw Anguilla winning the toss and deciding to bat first, and stroking their way to a competitive 287- 8; with Moticin Hodge hitting a notable 122 and veteran all rounder Omari Banks hitting 65.

Bowling for St. Martin Colin Hammer got 4-63 and Lionel Richie grabbing 3-42. Chasing 288 for victory St Martin relied on some late big hitting by Lionel Richie 63 stroking four 6s and Sherwyn Peters 62 to overcome the Anguillian target by two wickets with one over to spare.

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