Grenada cruise into quarter finals
In a close and exciting contest, Grenada scored a hard fought 16-run win over Stanford 20/20 Anguilla Pro Team to march into the quarterfinal round of the Stanford 20/20 Tournament.
In the third Round of 16 Match played at the Stanford Cricket Ground on Sunday night, Grenada, sent in to bat, posted a Tournament high 177 for six, beating the previous best of 168 scored by St. Vincent and the Grenadines against St. Maarten on Friday.
Grenada's victory was spearheaded by Man-of-the-Match Andre Fletcher's destructive 70 off 45 balls. During his knock, he shared in an opening 82-run stand with Heron Campbell, who contributed 27.
Despite Campbell's dismissal, Fletcher was joined by Randel Baptiste and the two saw Grenada to 100 in just 8.4 overs. Baptiste, however, did not last long after as he was bowled by Chaka Hodge for 18 at 114 for 2.
Things slowed down a bit with the introduction of teenage left-arm spinner Shridath Rey, who up to his final over, conceded only nine runs, but finished with 1-28 as 19 runs came off the last few deliveries.
He was supported by Kelbert Walters, who after being switched to the northern end, conceded another eight runs off two overs to end with 1 for 31.
Clyde Telesford contributed 21 towards the end for Grenada against Hodge's 2 for 26.
At their turn at bat, Anguilla lost Lyndel Richardson (18) and Chesney Hughes (8) at 33 for 2, but Montcin Hodge, who remained unbeaten on 75 and Omari Banks with 44, shared in an 93-run third wicket stand, which threatened to take the game away.
At the half way mark with the required run-rate at over 10, they went on the attack and threatened with some lofted blows – scoring 58 runs between the 10th and 14th over, but were pegged back to just 35 runs in the next six overs.
Banks' dismissal in the 16th over was a significant blow as by this time Montcin Hodge, who ended with seven sixes and two fours, lost all the power in his hands, expect in the final over when he belted 18 runs. His six hitting over extra cover was awesome as it was spectacular but his stunning innings failed to take Anguilla over the final hurdle.