US Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands post wins
A round-up of the first day's action from the Stanford 20/20 tournament
United States Virgin Islands 145 for 7 (Huggins 51) beat St. Maarten 98 (Huggins 2-17, Florent 2-18) by 48 runs
St Maarten's participation in the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua was
short-lived as they were comprehensively beaten by 47 runs by the United
States Virgin Islands in the first match of the tournament.
Set to make 147 for victory, the St Maarten innings never gained the
momentum that they needed, with wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Evans the
only one to score at more than a run-a-ball. His 39 from 32 was never
going to be enough to fight the lone battle. Sherville Huggins, John Florent
and Dane Weston each took two wickets to bowl St Maarten out in 18 overs.
Earlier, the Virgin Islands had scored 145 for 7 in their 20 overs thanks to
Huggins, who scored the first half-century of the tournament. He was well
assisted by Clifford Walvin and together, the two put on 47 in the middle
Had it not been for some poor fielding from the St Maarten outfielders, this
could have been a closer affair than what it turned out to be.
Cayman Islands 175 for 4 (Best 74, Mohamed 64) beat Bahamas 118 for 9 (Armstrong 40*, Tulloch 5-21) by 57 runs
A five-wicket haul by fast bowler Kenneth Tulloch helped Cayman Islands post a comprehensive 57-run win against Bahamas under lights on the opening day of the Stanford 20/20 tournament at St Johns. Sent in to bat, Cayman Islands made an impressive 175 for 4, powered by half-centuries by Saheed Mohammed and Pearson Best, who top-scored with 74. Tulloch ran through the Bahamas top order, taking the first four wickets and effecting the run-out of opener Narendra Ekanayeke. Bahamas never recovered from their score of 22 for 5, and ended up with 118 for 9 in their 20 overs, with Llewellyn Johnson remaining unbeaten on 40. Tulloch bagged his fifth wicket with the last ball of his spell, dismissing Jonathan Barry.
Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa