THE Saint Lucia National Cricket Association 50 Overs competition continued this past weekend with two rounds of matches. The South Castries Lions continued their unbeaten run in the competition with wins over Mabouya Valley at the La Ressource Playing Field on Saturday May 11th, and Babonneau on Sunday May 12th at the Mindoo Phillip Park.
Central Castries also secured two wins against Babonneau and Gros Islet; while Soufriere too were in hot pursuit as they defeated Vieux Fort and Mon Repos in back to back games.
At the Gros Islet Playing Field, Central Castries defeated Gros Islet by 16 runs.
Batting first, Central Castries scored 209 in 35 overs with fast bowler Dillan John top scoring with 39 not out. At one point the Central Castries team was reeling at 99 for the loss of 6 wickets.
Other contributions with the bat came from Keigan Arnold (28), Gaspard Prospere (26), Alvin Prospere (24 not out) and 16 each to Alleyne Prosper and Rahym Joseph. Extras, the second highest score – 32.
The other batsmen out, Mateo Boulogne (2), Jamal James (4), AckeemAuguste (5) and Sanjay Hayle (6).
Fall of wickets: 1-17; 2-23; 3-23; 4-39; 5-95; 6 -69; 7-120; 8-143; 9-157.
Bowling for Gros Islet, UdellPreville took 4 for 75; Kymani Sexius picked up 2 for 14; Tyrel Chicot 2 for 28; Simeon Gerson 1 for 51 and Garvin Serieux 0 for 33.
Needing 210 for victory, the home team reached 193 for 9 in the allotted 35 overs with West Indies Under-19 opening batsman Kimani Melius top scoring with 56; while Tarryck Gabriel made 22; Garvin Serieux 19; Vidal Crandon 13; Lee Solomon 16 and Kymani Sexius 12.
Other contributions with the bat – Vernillius Gabriel 0, Dane Edward 5, Tyrel Chicot 6, and UdelPreville (not out) 0.
Fall of wickets: 1-43; 2-48; 3-49; 4-114; 5-133; 6 -153; 7-154; 8-159; 9-175. Extras: 30.
Bowling for Gros Islet, Dillan John continued where he left off with the bat. He bagged 4 for 39 in 7 overs while Sanjay Hayle picked up 2 for 36 in 7 overs. Rahym Joseph – 1 for 15; Alleyne Prospere 1 for 24 in 7 overs; Alvin Prospere 1 for 33 in 5 overs and Keygan Arnold 0 for 33 in 7 overs.
At the Mindoo Phillip Park, South Castries defeated Babonneau by 3 wickets.
Babonneau was restricted to 148 in 31 overs after being at 57 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at one point.
For Babonneau – Devon Eugene 34 not out and Jervaughn Charles 24 not out, while Kissinger Anthony chipped in with 24.
Bowling for South Castries, Shervon Leo bagged 4 for 49; Xavier Gabriel 3 for 46 and Tonius Simon 2 for 15.
In reply, South Castries scored 149 for 7; Dwight Thomas top scoring with 27.
Bowling for Babonneau, Devon Eugene picked up 3 for 31.
The final round of matches in the preliminary round will be played this weekend.
In matches played on Saturday 11th at the Des Barras Playing Field (Babonneau), the home team won the toss and asked Central Castries to take first. Central Castries took advantage of that decision and made 372 all out in 42.4 overs with Stephen Naitram top scoring with 88; AlleynProspere 67; Rahym Joseph 47 and Mateo Boulogne 44.
Bowling for Babonneau, Craig Elisee picked up 2 for 28 in 3.4 overs; Joshua Mann 2 for 46 in 6 overs and Devon Eugene 2 for 66 in 10 overs.
Requiring 373 for victory, Babonneau was all out in 29.3 overs with Caleb Thomas 42 and Alvin Lafeuille 35 the main contributors with the bat.
Bowling for Central Castries, Dillon John 3 for 25 in 5.3 overs; Keygan Arnold 3 for 29 in 8 overs; Sanjay Hale 2 for 22 in 8 overs and Rahym Joseph 2 for 21 in 8 overs.
Central Castries won by 227 runs.
At the La Ressource Playing Field, South Castries defeated Mabouya Valley by 59 runs.
Batting first, South Castries scored 206 all out in 29.5 overs. Dwight Thomas top scored with 66; while Wendell Inglis scored 32; Kester Charlemagne 25 and Shervon Leo 21.
Bowling for Mabouya Valley, MurgaranShoulette hit 4 for 36 while there were 2 wickets each for Christian Ange, Shem Severin and Chad Polius.
Needing 207 for victory, Mabouya Valley could only muster 147 all out in 27.4 overs. Rick Smith top scored with 32; Zachary Edmund 23 and Wade Hippolyte 19.
Bowling for South Castries, Xavier Gabriel scored 3 for 43; CollinusCalender 3 for 39 and Kester Charlemagne 2 for 22.
Results in the Soufriere versus Vieix Fort (Saturday 11th) and Soufriere against Mon Repos (Sunday 12th) matches were not available at press time.
The final round of competition takes place this weekend (Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th).