St. Kitts Three Peats: Saunders plays match winning innings, topscorer with 98
By: Staff Writer
Back to Back to Back Champs: “98 quality runs”, from Akeem Saunders impressed commentators as St. Kitts whipped Antigua by 4 wickets in a keenly contested match at Little Bay, Montserrat.
Tight bowling coupled with good batting performances highlighted by Saunders brilliant innings led St.Kitts to a three peat in the Leeward Islands 50 overs Championship and bragging rights over rivals Antigua and the other teams.
Saunders strolled to the wicket in the second over after opening batsman Larry Audain was bowled without scoring in St.Kitts’ response to 218 runs scored by Antigua. He partnered in two purposeful partnerships with opening batsman Louis and middle order batsman Warde.
Saunders looked assured against both pace and spin and ensured his team was well on its way to winning the championship for the third year in succession despite a mini collapse which saw St. Kitts getting to the required victory target 219 for 6 wickets.
Antigua made 218/7 in 50 overs. Kofi James top-scored with 55 runs and Damien Lowenfield scored 40 runs.
Bowling for St. Kitts, Jacques Taylor took 2 wickets for 29 runs from 10 overs.
Batting for St. Kitts, Saunders made 98 Mikyle Louis, 46 and Terance Warde 31.
St. Kitts reached the target in the 49th over. They won by four, (4) wickets.
The tournament concludes on Tuesday.