Sebastien five-for earns Dominica record-breaking win
Dominica 139 for 7 (Marshall 40, Toussaint 37) beat British Virgin Islands (Sebastien 5-20) by 66 runs
Liam Sebastien's five-wicket haul carried Dominica to a record-breaking 66-run victory over British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the third match of the Stanford 20/20 at the Stanford Cricket Ground in Coolidge, Antigua.
Sebastien, the Dominica captain and offspinner, became the fourth bowler to take five wickets in this tournament, as BVI, chasing 140 for victory, were dismissed for a record low 73 in 17.2 overs. The previous tournament low was 74 made by Bermuda against Jamaica.
Sebastien is Dominica's most experienced player having played 16 first-class matches for Windward Islands. He joined Jerome Taylor of Jamaica (5 for 10), Kenute Tulloch of Cayman Islands (5 for 21) and Guyanese Mahendra Nagamootoo (5 for 15) as bowlers with five wickets in a Stanford 20/20 match. Lennox Samuel top scored for BVI with 17. The next best score in their innings was the 13 extras conceded by Dominica's bowlers.
Earlier when Dominica batted, Roy Marshall hit 40 off 26 balls to take his side to 139 in 20 overs. Marshall took over from Tyrone Toussaint, who was forced to retire hurt after scoring 37. Along with Kirsten Casimir, who contributed 30, Marshall continued his team's dominance with some big shots. The two added 60 runs in 8.4 overs.
However, the innings was affected by a 58-minute rain delay, but upon the resumption, Marshall exploded and was the chief run-scorer in a 29-run fourth wicket partnership with Fernix Thomas, who got only six.
In the final over Marshall picked up 10 runs in three deliveries before he was run out attempting a second run. Shane Shillingford, who took a brilliant catch to dismiss Maxford Pipe, was given the Play-of-the-Match award. Shillingford was standing at long-off and ran towards cover as Pipe came down the track and heaved the ball high. Realising the ball was in fact travelling straight, Shillingford ran back, making it just in time. He got US$10,000 for his efforts.