Antigua and Barbuda v United States Virgin Islands, Stanford 20/20 February 10, 2008

Antigua cruise into quarter-finals

Cricinfo staff

Antigua and Barbuda 153 for 8 (Cornwall 30, Lewis 3-16) beat United States Virgin Islands 131 for 6 (Huggins 46, Junie Anthony 32*) by 24 runs

Antigua and Barbuda cruised into the quarter-finals of the Stanford 20/20 with an easy 24-run win against United States Virgin Islands in Coolidge. Chasing 154, Virgin Islands had the wickets in hand but couldn't quite match the asking rate as they ended at 131 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs.

Opting to bat first, Antigua found it difficult to push the scoring early on as the opening bowlers Dane Weston and Hamish Anthony were on target for most part. Windel Cornwall, who came in at the fall of captain Sylvester Joseph's wicket at 34, began aggressively and added 29 for the fourth wicket with Gavin Williams, the highest stand of the innings.

However, a double-strike by Virgin Islands pegged the opposition back as the pair fell in quick succession with no addition to the score. Williams was bowled by the offspinner Calvin Lewis and two balls later, Cornwall was run-out by Sherville Huggins for 31. A lower order revival - including stands of 25 and 30 for the seventh and eighth wickets respectively - pushed Antigua to a competitive 153. Lewis was the most penetrative among the bowlers, finishing with 3 for 16.

In reply, Virgin Islands recovered from the early loss of their openers courtesy a 66-run third-wicket stand between Huggins and Junie Anthony. Huggins found the boundary on a more regular basis, hitting seven fours and a six before falling to a top-edge, playing across the line to the legspinner Anthony Martin. He struck again soon after to send back Hamish Anthony and the pressure began to tell on the Virgin Islands as the required run-rate climbed over 12. Junie Anthony remained unbeaten on 32 as his side failed to push on in the middle orders, in the process conceding the match.