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CVI in First Innings Battle with Nevis

Sept. 14, 2007 — The Combined Virgin Islands (CVI) in reply to Nevis’ 217 all-out was 111 for 4 midway through Thursday’s final session at the Owen Schjang Ballpark (OSB).
Nevis, winning the toss and deciding to bat first, were bowled out for quick fire 217 off 44.2 overs in the opening day of their Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) three-day match.
Fast bowler Dane Weston was the pick of the CVI bowlers in the Nevis’ inning, taking three wickets for 58 off nine overs. Also contributing to the CVI bowling attack were captain Maxford Pipe, who was two for 34 off nine over and Bradley Laurent who was two for 52 off eight overs.
Nevis was led at the crease by left-hander Marvin Hamilton who scored a stroke-filled 44 that included a six and five fours. Nevis also got a useful knock from Joel Simmonds, who hammered nine fours in an entertaining 43. The only other players to reach double figures for the visitors were opening batsman Kyron Powell with 29 and Tonito Willet with 28.
In reply, CVI suffered an early setback and was 1 for 17 before Sherville Huggins and Mark Vitalis staged a partnership to get the home side back into the match. But the home side again found themselves in a bit of a bother when opener Vitalis was LBW (Leg-before-wicket) to Nevis’ Willet, and after a quick fire 19 from Pipe, he was also out LBW to Juernel Turner with the score now at 3 for 90.
Huggins batted resourcefully for a while before he lofted an easy catch to bowler Junior Williams for the fourth wicket and the score on 111.
With less than an hour and a half before close of play, CVI was battling on with Dorian Auguiste on 10 and a new batsman coming to the crease in the person of Junie Anthony.

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