Trocard, LeBlanc steer St. Maarten past the BVI

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten (CMC) - St Maarten avenged Saturday's three-day loss and beat British Virgin Islands (BVI) by four wickets with five balls to spare in a tense NAGICO Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) limited overs match on Sunday.
 
BVI posted 230 for nine off 50 overs after they were sent to bat at the Caribe Lumber Ball Park, and Royston Trocard and Moreland LeBlanc cracked half centuries to guide the home side to victory at 231 for six off 49.1 overs.
 
BVI's innings was bolstered by a solid knock of 95 from the in form Maxford Pipe.
 
A former Combined Virgin Islands (CVI) captain, Pipe threatened to foil St Maarten's victory bid again.
 
In the three-day fixture that BVI won by two wickets, Pipe had scores of 61 and 87 plus a match haul of 12 for 194 with his off-spin.
 
On Sunday, he fell just five short of a hundred after hitting 12 boundaries in a 148-ball innings.
 
Pipe posted half-century partnerships to help BVI past the 200-mark.
 
He added 52 for the second wicket with Austin McDowan (25) and 55 for the sixth wicket with Brent DeFreitas, who lashed 36 off 30 balls with three fours and two sixes.
 
Off-spinners Lerry Baptiste (4-29) and John Eugene (2-22) were the chief wicket-takers for St Maarten, who owe their win to near run-a-ball half centuries from LeBlanc and former captain Trocard.
 
LeBlanc hit 70 off 87 balls with five fours and one six and Trocard spanked 55 off 59 balls with four fours and two sixes.
 
Trocard and George Mars (37) put on 61 for the second wicket while LeBlanc and Damion Williams (23) gathered 80 for the fifth wicket.
 
Pipe led the BVI bowling with two for 21 off 10 overs.