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Villagers Continue Their Winning Ways

July 13th, 2009

Saturday’s make-up game in Metropolitan League Division One play featured Lions versus Villagers at Gateway. The game began at 1:35 pm in typical July sunshine and ended at 7:00 pm in an unseasonal cool after some entertaining cricket.

The game was reduced to a 35-overs affair because of a late start. Lions won the toss and elected to bat first, openers Kingsley Price and Morris Rodriquez put on 46 for the first wicket in 9 overs before Rodriques was comfortably caught by Dodson at cover off Keith Sang for 17. Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals; the next batsman to go was number three James Sewell for 4 – caught again by Dodson this time off Joel Persaud. With the score on 69, Keith Sang struck again this time he deceived Price in flight and had him clean bowled. Skipper Dave Hart and Earnest Campbell then added 44 for the fourth wicket. Hart was the next to go bowled by Gayle trying to push things along he made an attractive 28 with one four and three sixes.

With Lions hobbling along at 113 for 4 in 23 overs the stage seemed set for Villagers to bundle out the tail however a series of attractive partnerships first between Campbell and Anderson for 23 then between Anderson and Harvey for 27 then Anderson and Duncan for 41 pushed Lions score to a measure of respectability.

Anderson batted brilliantly for 78 in 58 minutes laced with two fours and eight massive sixes he was particularly severe on young Maurice Powell dispatching him for 42 in his three overs. Anderson was eventually bowled by Ancil Steepe attempting to keep the strike by running a ball down to third man that was much too close to his off stump.

Lions inning closed at 211 for 9 in their allotted 35 overs. Fabian Anderson 78, Kingsley Price 40 and Dave Hart 28 were the principal scorers; for Villagers the pick of the bowlers was Ewart Gayle (7-0-25-3); he was well supported by Ancil Steepe (5-0-18-2), Keith Sang (7-0-57-2) and Joel Persaud (7-0-23-1).

The afternoon sun disappeared behind a cloudy sky and the cool brisk breeze from the Belt Parkway end made the afternoon seem like spring. The conditions ideal for swing bowling; Villagers opened their run chase with pinch hitter Kevin Charles and Keith Hibbert. Lions opening bowlers, Anderson and Harvey were pretty tidy to start restricting Villagers to 30 for 0 after 4 overs then came the onslaught.

Charles three fours and two sixes off Anderson’s third over then ten off Harvey then Skipper Hart five consecutive bowling changes looking for a bowler to stem the tide or make a break through. Sewell went for 18 in his first over, Thomas for 17 in his first, Caesar for 18 in his first, Duncan for 5 in his first and Campbell for 17 in his first. By the drinks break Villagers had progressed to 183 for 0 in 15 overs. Villagers eventually reached the required target (216 for 2) in 18 overs.

Kevin Charles 102 (9 fours and 9 sixes) and Keith Hibbert 84 not out (11 four and 3 sixes) the only successful Lions bowler was Shimon Duncan (5-034-2).

The forty to fifty ardent cricket fans who braved the inclement weather to watch this game were treated to a marvelous display of stroke play first from Lion, Fabian Anderson then by Villagers Kevin Charles and Keith Hibbert.

Cricket lovely cricket at Gateway where we saw it.
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