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January 31, 2008
US Virgin Islands 131 for 6 (Huggins 43) beat St Kitts 130 for 8 (Liburd 55) by four wickets
An unbeaten 43 from captain Sherville Huggins guided United States Virgin Islands to a narrow victory over St Kitts in the Stanford 20/20. In a tight finish Virgin Islands needed 14 runs off the last two overs; a six and a flick to the fine-leg boundary from Huggins secured a four-wicket win with four balls to spare and fetched him the Man-of-the-Match award and US$25,000.
Earlier, St Kitts had opted to bat and managed 130 on the back of captain Steve Liburd's 41-ball 55, the first half-century of the tournament, which included three sixes and three fours. Only two other batsmen got into double digits but St Kitts' total was boosted by some indisciplined Virgin Islands bowling, which gave away 23 extras. Their opening bowlers Dane Weston and Hamish Anthony, though, finished with tidy figures snapping two wickets each, and conceding a mere four runs an over.
Virgin Island's reply got off to a rocky start as both their openers were dismissed cheaply. Huggins' effort was supported by contrasting 28's from Junie Anthony and Hamish. Junie used up 32 deliveries for his effort but Hamish lashed three sixes in his 10-ball knock as Virgin Islands pulled off an upset victory. They now face Antigua in their next match on February 9.
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