In the 2nd match of the day, La Soufriere Hikers produced a dominating display defeating Botanic Gardens Rangers by 9 wickets played at Arnos Vale Sporting Complex, St Vincent on Friday.
La Soufriere Hikers captain Desron Maloney won the toss and decided to field first. It was an ideal start for Hikers side as Othniel Lewis did not give any run in the first over.
Lewis got the breakthrough dismissing Atticus Browne for 8. Jeremy Haywood got wickets of Hyron Shallow and Romel Currency in quick succession. A combination run out by Dillion Douglas and Dean Browne ended Kevin Abhram innings to leave Botanic Gardens side in tatters at 35 for 4.
Kesrick Williams smashed a superb six off Haywood’s bowling in the 9th over. In the same over, Haywood dismissed Dember. Williams and Dember added 19 runs for the 5th wicket. Oziko Williams hit a lovely six in the final over. Gardens captain Williams remained not out on 15. Botanic Gardens posted a competitive total of 70 for 5. For Hikers, Jeremy Haywood was the pick of bowlers with 3 for 12 in 2 overs.
Chasing the target of 71 runs, Hikers captain Desron Maloney and Salvan Browne got the team off to a flying start putting pressure on Gardens bowlers right from the word go. Maloney was severe with his power-hitting smashing him for 15 runs. Ray Charles finally got the breakthrough dismissing Browne for 22.
Salvan Browne and Maloney added 58 runs in just 5 overs. Maloney hit the winning runs as he remained not out on 41 off 20 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Dillion Douglas did not face any deliveries. Hikers won the match by 9 wickets with 25 balls to spare. Maloney played with positive intent and put the pressure back on the Rangers bowlers right from word go and
made life tough for them.
La Soufriere Hikers 73 for 1 in 5.5 overs (Desron Maloney 41*, Salvan Browne 22, Ray Charles 1/8) beat Botanic Gardens Rangers 70 for 5 in 10 overs (Kesrick Williams 15, Jeremy Haywood 3/12) by 9 wickets.