Antigua and Barbuda win again in Leewards Tourney

The Valley, Anguilla - Antigua and Barbuda beat Anguilla by 71 runs to maintain their unbeaten record in the NAGICO-sponsored Leeward Islands 50-Over Tournament in the recent round of matches.

The Antiguans made 295-7 from their 50 overs thanks to Wilden Cornwall (70 not out off 49 balls), Rahkeem Cornwall (61) and Kadeem Phillip (60 with six sixes). Then, off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall then grabbed 3-23 to limit the home team to 224-8 despite unbeaten knocks of 43 from Kelbert Walters and Rondel Lake.

Anguilla were off to a poor start when they lost opener Chesney Hughes for a “duck” off the first ball of the innings, and they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as the Antiguans took control of the game. Former West Indies allrounder Omari Banks chipped in with 37 while Jahmar Hamilton struck 32 but it was not enough to save Anguilla.

In the other match, home team St Maarten edged out St Kitts by two runs off the least ball in a cliffhanger. Leeward Islands batsman Steve Liburd made a blazing 62 but it was not enough to lead his team to a much-needed victory.

Summarised scores
Anguilla vs Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda won by 71 runs

Antigua and Barbuda 295-7 off 50 overs (Wilden Cornwall 70 not out, Rahkeem Cornwall 61, Kadeem Phillip 60, Devon Thomas 42). Anguilla 224-8 off 50 overs (Kelbert Walters 43 not out, Rondel Lake 43 not out, Omari Banks 37, Jahmar Hamilton 32, Wilden Cornwall 3-23)

St Kitts vs St. Maarten: St Maarten won by two runs
St Maarten 238-8 off 50 overs (A. Persaud 44 not out, S. Peters 44, E. Berridge 5-65). St. Kitts 236 all out off 50 overs (Steve Liburd 62, Akeem Saunders 45, Colville Rodgers 37)