ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Defending champions in the PIC Insurance Seventhday Day Adventist Inter-Church Softball Cricket League, the St John’s Seventh Day Adventist Church, claimed their first victory in two outings on Saturday night when they enjoyed a 20-run victory over Old Road at the Powell’s Playing Field.
Batting first, St John’s posted a score of 69 for four in their allotted 10 overs with Lloyd West hitting a top score of 24 and Jermaine Frederick adding 23 to the total. Female bower, Deborah Phillip, was the best on show for Old Road as she bagged two wickets for 14 runs.
Old Road in reply, could only reach 49 for five with Julian Joseph making 24 and Mitchell Brown adding 14.
It was St. John’s first victory in two matches after they were forced to share points with New Winthropes one week after following a rain interrupted contest. Old Road have however won one and lost one of their two fixtures thus far.
In the other showdown at Powell’s, Bolans had the better of Bible Speaks.
Meanwhile at the Dredgers Playing Field, Tindal snatched a one run victory over Liberta in what was a gripping contest.
Batting first, Tindal made 58 for five in their 10 overs with Vincy Bowen not out on 27.
Liberta, needing 11 runs from three overs for victory, could not reach their target, falling one short at 57 for seven before their 10 overs expired.
Baldwin “Spliff” Anthony top scored for Liberta with 22 runs while Robin Bascus Jr bagged two wickets for four runs bowling for Tindal.
It was Steve Simon who was the hero of the night however as, with Liberta needing only three runs from his final over for victory, managed to restrict the opponents to just two from the over while taking one wicket.
In the final match at Dredgers, Orion defeated Buckley’s by three wickets. Buckey’s posted a total of 60 for six with knocks of 16 and 13 not out coming from Steve Martin and Steve Watson respectively. Bryan Burton bagged three for 13 bowling for the victory.
Orion in reply, reached their target of 61 having only loss seven wickets in the process. Al Burton had 19, Wintley Burton made 16 not out and Seth Burton had 13 not out.
The competing is expected to continue next Saturday night at both venues.