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July 27, 2006
Nevis 213 for 3 (Willet 86*,Woodley 49) beat Antigua 170 for 9 (Baltimore 45, Maynard 3-25) by 43 runs
Antigua's decision to insert the opposition backfired as the Nevis openers, Sherwin Woodley and Keiran Powell, made merry. When both were dismissed, Willet and Stuart Williams, his captain, added 121 for the fourth wicket at a frenetic pace. Willet used the long handle to good effect to strike five sixes and eight fours and remained unbeaten on 86.
In reply, Antigua were staring at an embarassing defeat at 68 for 7, after John Maynard, the opening bowler, rocked the top-order with three wickets. Bertel Baltimore and Curtis Roberts made a spirited attempt at the target with a late-order assault but Nevis held sway.
Grenada 70 for 3 (Ettienne 19) beat St. Vincent 122 for 7 (Bascombe 35, Lewis 3-18) by 12 runs (D/L Method)
Grenada booked their place in the semi-finals of the Stanford 20/20 tournament with a comfortable 12-run win against St. Vincent. Chasing 123, Grenada were at 70 for 3 in the eleventh over when rain forced the umpires to abandon the match. However, Grenada were already 12 runs past the cut off target by the Duckworth/Lewis method and hence, were awarded the match.
Rawl Lewis, the Grenada captain, bowled his legspinners to good effect and helped restrict St Vincent to a modest 122 for 7 after a good start by the openers. Lewis picked up three wickets in his final over, and was well supported by Dennis George, the left-arm spinner, and John Sylvester's medium pace, who combined to keep the runs in check. With the threat of rain, Grenada, led by their openers, ensured that they were ahead of the required rate.
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