Photo Caption: Nevis Men’s National Cricket Team
Charlestown, Nevis: It was billed the match of the tournament, the rivals for many years, Antigua and Nevis were set to play at the Elquemedo Willet Park in Nevis. After winning the toss, Antigua decided to bat first.
As the players took the field, the Nevisian supporters were slowly strolling into the Park to lend their support to the home boys. However, Antigua had other ideas as they put bat to ball and had the Nevisian bowlers in a spot of bother. Not being deterred, the Nevisians pulled it back after some good bowling from the Willet brothers, Tonito and Akito.
As a result, the Antiguan side were 279/8 after their alloted 50 overs. Jermaine Otto scored 118 while Kadeem Phillip posted 81. The not out batsman was Hayden Walsh who posted 29.
Bowling for Nevis Akito Willet managed to collect 6 (six) wickets for 61 runs. The task ahead certainly didn’t seem like a huge problem for Nevis especially with the likes of Kieran Powell, Tonito Willet and the inform Adelvin Philipp in the batting line up.
However, with Kieran Powell, (30) and Adelvin Philipp back in the pavilion the Nevis team were struggling. The Nevis crowd had hope when the inform Willet and his brother Akito occupied the crease with four wickets down. The ease at which the Willets played created a sense of calm and revived hope in the ETW Park but this was soon short-lived when Akito had to walk back to the pavilion after falling prey to the Antiguan bowling. Tonito folfolllowed shortly after. He made a stroke filled 60, his fourth half century in five matches. At this point Nevisians had lost all hope as the wickets were falling at regular intervals. Nevis were bowled out for 183 in 45.3 overs.
The pick of the bowlers for the Antiguan team were:
Karima Gore: 4-0-17-3
Rahkeem Cornwall: 8.3-3-17-3
Alzarri Joseph: 5-1-22-2
Antigua & Barbuda won by 96 runs.
Nevis’ final game will be played on Saturday against St. Kitts at the Elquemedo Willet Park at 9:30 am.