St Vincent retain Windwards T20
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – St Vincent and the Grenadines defeated Grenada by four runs to win the 2013 Windward Islands Twenty20 cricket tournament here on Sunday.
A tight bowling spell from the visitors restricted the host to 171 for six despite half centuries from openers Lyndon Lawrence and Andre Fletcher.
Lawrence and Fletcher shared an opening partnership of 121 runs before Fletcher was bowled by Asif Hooper for 70. But that 70 runs came at the expense of three fours and seven sixes off 41 balls. Lawrence shared similar statistics for his 71 off 49 balls and blasted six fours and three sixes in the process.
Grenada were on course to overhaul St Vincent’s 175 for six but Delorn Johnson’s dismissals of Ronald Ettienne (5) and Denis George (1) within the space of two balls turned the match in the visitors’ favour.
Hooper finished with three for 36 among the best bowlers for St Vincent in retaining the T20 tournament.
Earlier, Donwell Hector (51) and Lindon James (39) helped St Vincent to 175 under grey skies. The Grenadian bowlers gave away an additional 22 runs in extras including 12 no balls.
Denis George with three for 25 and Ronald Ettienne two for 38 were the best bowlers.
Earlier in the day, Dominica won their first match to finish third in the tournament. They defeated St Lucia by five wickets.
The teams will begin the two-day tournament on Tuesday with St Vincent playing Dominica and Grenada meeting St Lucia.
St Vincent 175-6 (20 ov) Donwell Hector 51, Lindon James 39, Sunil Ambris 31; Denis George 3-25, Ronald Ettienne 2-38 and Grenada 171-6 (20 ov) Lindon Lawrence 71, Andre Fletcher 70; Asif Hooper 3-36