2008-07-31 / Sports

Cavaliers Thrash Stars United In Local Cricket Action

By Marcus Bethel

                                   Martin bowls to Ramphal.              Marcus Bethel Martin bowls to Ramphal. Marcus Bethel Cavaliers Cricket Club thrashed Stars United by a record 238 runs, as the one-sided affair dubbed the clash of the Vincentians took place at Marine Park D in Brooklyn on Saturday.

After winning the toss and batting, Cavaliers formidable batting lineup tore apart a tame Stars bowling attack to amass 335 for five in 40 overs.

Ezekiel Williams, scoring 105, his first century in 35 years of club cricket, led the onslaught for his team, receiving tremendous support from former Windward Islands cricket, Casper Davis, with 81; Albert Texiera, also a former Windwards and St. Vincent cricketer, getting 70 and Skipper, Mark Audain making 50.

For a weak Stars bowling attack that failed to restrict the Cavaliers batsmen, J. Short took two wickets for 56 runs in his six overs, Gregory Blair getting one for 50 from seven and Vin Stanisclaus with one for 49 from five, were the most effective.

After being shell-shocked by explosive batting, Stars fell for a paltry 97 runs, unable to provide adequate entertainment for the many Vincentians present. Bert Brown with 19 and Leary Neverson, 17, were the only ones getting double figures.

Casper Davis, pacer resorting to off-spin, wrapped up the innings with a remarkable three wickets for four runs from 2.4 overs, after quickie Dominic Audain, with three for 36 from eight and his 16-year-old son Andre Davis with two for 40 from seven, ripped through the top order.

Over at Seaview, Scorpian defeated Grenada by four wickets in a close, exciting encounter.

After losing five overs for late arrival, Grenada scored 246 for seven in 35 overs, asked to take first strike by Scorpian.

All-rounder Lester Douglas led the batting with a well played 89, falling short of his century once again via the run-out route. Gregory Anthony made 50 and Moses Baptiste, 35.

Bowling for Scorpian, A. Moon was the most successful bowler with 2 wickets for 18 runs from eight overs.

In reply, Scorpian, losing three overs as well for slow over rate, got to 247 for six in 36.4 overs, having only two balls to spare. Shafiq got 60; Moon, 45, not-out; Adnan, 41 and Kareem, 21, to ensure Scorpian got home safely.

Victor Munroe was once again Grenada most successful bowler with figures of eight overs, one maiden, two wickets for 37 runs.

Grenada paid the price for showing up late for the scheduled 1:30 p.m. start, lost the toss and five overs in the process.

At Marine Park B, Imperial beat Pak Eleven by one wicket, achieving their feat in 36 overs.

Batting first, Pak Eleven posted 236 in their 40 overs, Zakar Hussain leading the batting with 67; Jahnzab Afridi, getting 59 and Shaban Ali 19.

Brown, with three wickets was Imperial most successful bowler.

Fostor Lewis was Cavaliers leading batsman with a sound 67 to take his side home.

Majid Azim with a spectacular spell of five wickets for 28 runs in eight overs, didn't receive the required support from his fellow bowlers, thus was unable to take the final wicket which would have given them a good game.

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