August 30, 2007 — Anguilla amassed a respectable score of 267 runs all-out in the first inning of their Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) three-day match against the Combined Virgin Islands (CVI) on Thursday.
CVI in response to Anguillas total was 32 for 1 at the close of play. The match, played at the picturesque Owen Schjang Ball Park in Estate St. John, kicks off four days of cricket on the Virgin Islands big island of St. Croix culminating with the LICA NAGICO One-day match on Sunday.
Anguilla won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a fairly decent start and were 153 for 3 just before tea. They went on to add another hundred runs before being all out for 267 about an hour before the close of play.
Jahmal Hamilton hit a stroke filled 72 that included seven fours to claim the only half-century for the Anguillans. Anguilla also got useful scores from Alex Adams, who scored a patient 47 not-out that included seven fours, and Vice Captain Omari Banks and Chaka Hodge both scored 37 to help Anguilla to their respectable total.
CVI captain Maxford Pipe was his teams most successful bowler as he returned figures of 24, four maidens, and four wickets for 54 runs. The only other successful CVI bowler was Brent Defreitas who bowled 13 overs with five maidens and took two wickets for 31 runs.
The 25-year-old Banks, a prolific scorer who played 10 Tests and five One-day International (ODI) matches for West Indies between 2003 and 2005, stroked seven fours in his quick-fire 37.
The CVI resumes their inning at 10 a.m. Thursday at 32 for 1, with Terrence Webb on 11 and Philern Davis on five at the crease.
The Virgin Islands Cricket Association invites the public to come out and cheer the local boys on to victory. Also on Sunday, the renowned X-Press Band will be at the park to close out the cricketing festivities.
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