COOLIDGE, Antigua, January 31, 2008 – A knock of 43 by the skipper of the USVI cricket squad, Sherville Huggins, helped them to an upset four-wicket win over St. Kitts in Wednesday night’s Stanford 20/20 tournament.
In the match played at the Stanford Cricket Ground, USVI, replying to St. Kitts’ 130 for eight, secured victory at 131 for six in 19.2 over.
In the nail biting finish, USVI, who required a run a ball from the last three overs, scrambled home with four deliveries to spear, despite a tight 18th over by Elsroy Powell, in which he conceded four runs. It was down to 14 runs from the last two overs, and everyone in the ground was on the edge of their seat, but when Huggins, who was watchful up to this stage, hit a six off Jason Saddler, the pressure was now on St. Kitts.
Huggins was on strike for the final over, but after failing to score off the first ball from Terrence Wade, the second delivery went crashing into the mid-wicket boundary, thus handing USVI victory over the Leeward Islands’ one-day champions.
Huggins and Junie Anthony had earlier rescued their team after Clifford Walwyn and Alderman Lesmond, both went for one at four for two in the second over.
The two added 52 for the third wicket, but before further damage could be done, Junie Anthony hit straight into the hands of Calvin Williams on the long-off boundary. He made 28, hitting two fours and a six in the process.
Hamish Anthony, the younger brother of Junie, joined Huggins, but his swashbuckling innings of 28 lasted for only 10 deliveries before he was bowled by Elsroy Powell, who he had hit for six the previous ball.
USVI also lost Mark Vitalis (six) and Keithroy Cornelius (zero) at 106 for six. It was left up to Huggins and Terrance Webbe (seven not out) to guide their team home.
Earlier, Steve Liburd scored the first half century of the 2008 tournament, 55 off 40 deliveries as St. Kitts, electing to bat were restricted to 130 for eight. During in innings, Liburd, who hit three sixes and three fours, led a recovery for St. Kitts, who were reduced to 21 for four. He featured in two important partnerships, 60 for the sixth wicket with Jacques Taylor, who contributed 20 and 38 for the fifth with Jason Saddler (five).
Codville Rogers (13) was the only other batsman to reach double figures, as Hamish Anthony, who played three ODIs for the West Indies, ended with 2-16 and Dane Weston 2-14. (CaribWorldNews.com)