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St. Lucia ease to 46 run victory

Stanford 20/20 St. Lucia Pro Team defeated Cayman Islands by 46 runs in the opening match of the 2008 Stanford 20/20 tournament at Stanford Cricket Ground on Saturday night.

Replying to St. Lucia’s 134 for eight off their allotted 20 overs, Cayman Islands, playing in front of a sold out stadium, were restricted to 88 for eight.

St. Lucia Pro Team now awaits Trinidad & Tobago on February 2.

Electing to bat, the St Lucians got off to a shaky start and were reeling on 27 for 3 in the fourth over.

Keddy Lesporis, who made a quick fire 17 off just eight deliveries and his opener partner, Johnson Charles (two) were dismissed by Kenute Tulloch within three balls of the third over at 20 for two.

In the very next over, Conroy Wright removed Shervin Charles, caught behind by wicket-keeper Ainsley Hall off Shaheed Mohammed for two at 27 for three.

Cletus Mathurin and Sergio Fedee stabilised the middle in an important 60-run fourth wicket partnership, which took St. Lucia close to the three figure mark. The partnership was broken when Fedee, attempting a single, ran himself out for 17 at 87 for 4.

Mathurin, who batted patiently for 39 off 47 balls, fell 12 runs later to a very sharp stumping by Hall off Mohammed.

Mervin Wells contributed 20 towards the end. Mohammed ended with 3-35 and Tulloch 2-10.

At their turn at bat, tight bowling from new ball bowler Xavier Gabriel, along with first and second change bowlers Gary Mathurin and Alleyne Prospere, who bowled three overs each for nine runs and 10 respectively, pushed Cayman Islands on the back foot from early.

After 10 overs, Cayman Islands were struggling, despite only losing Hall (2) and Mohammed (11) at 46 for two.
Entering the 11th over, the asking rate moved to 8.9, but in an attempt to push the score on, Cayman Islands suffered badly by losing their captain Pearson Best (24), Keniel Irving (one), Michael Wright (two) and Ryan Bovell (one) within 10 runs.

At this stage, 55-6, it was all over for Cayman Islanders, who were playing in front of over 6,500 spectators.

St. Lucian Cletus Mathurin was named Man-of-the-Match for his top-score of 39 while Cayman Islanders’ Conroy Wright took the US$10,000 prize for the Play-of-the-Day.

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