Montserrat trash sorry Turks and Caicos
Montserrat moved into the final 16 of the Stanford Twenty20 tournament after trashing new comers Turks and Caicos by nine wickets at the Stanford Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Replying to Turks and Caicos' 67 for nine off their allotted 20 overs, Montserrat, who now await Nevis February 8, raced to their target - 70 for one off just 7.3 overs.
Opening batsman Dolston Tuitt led the onslaught with a quick fire 30 off 19 balls. Tuitt, who hit three fours and two sixes, put on 44 with Lionel Barker.
However, it was Baker (13) and Davon Williams, who hit a six over long-on to end the match in style and brought jubilation to the Montserrat fan club, who Sir Allen Stanford, financier of the tournament, joined on the western side of the ground in their celebration.
Williams made 14. Henry Saunders took the only wicket – 1-26.
Earlier, Turks and Caicos, electing to bat, were restricted for a record low 67, beating the previous tournament low of 73 made by British Virgin Islands against Dominica on Sunday night.
The Turks Islanders struggled throughout their innings and were 38-4 at the half way mark.
Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Lionel Baker, who bowled four overs for eight runs and picked up two wickets, had pushed Turks and Caicos on the back foot from early in their innings. Baker was named Man-of-the-Match for his effort, which gave him US$25,000.
McPherson Meade, Baker's new ball partner, supported with 2-10 while Trevor Semper ended with 1-15.
Donovan Matthews, who top-scored for Turks and Caicos with 25 from 35 deliveries, was the only batsman to reach double figures. The No. 4 batsman hit two fours before been the second to last man to be dismissed, run out in the 19th over.
Extras were the next best with nine.
Trevor Semper took home the US$10,000 for Play-of-the-Day.