The defending champions made light work of the Westerns Cricket Club as they defeated them by 83 runs in the Bahamas Cricket Association’s T20 League on Saturday at Haynes Oval.
The opening toss was won by Westerns. They decided to let the Pacesetters bat first.
Opening the innings at the crease for the defending champions were Mark Levy and Whitcliff Atkinson.
The Pacesetters had a great start to their innings as they scored 20 runs in the first over. Atkinson scored nine runs in that over, including two fours.
In the second over, the Westerns tried to keep out the boundaries and hoped to get a wicket. Adrian Reid came in and bowled the second over. The Pacesetters only managed to get eight runs on his over.
Gregory Irving who bowled an expensive first over went to bowl again in the third over. This time he picked up a key wicket in Atkinson. Atkinson scored 15 runs. The Pacesetters had 28 runs at this point.
Johnathan Barry came in and immediately put his mark on the game scoring a four and a single before Irving’s over was done.
After the fourth over, the Westerns decided to bring in a new bowler. Andrew Mitchell came in to see if he could stabilize the high-scoring Pacesetters. He did not get a wicket but managed only four runs from his over.
Levy’s innings came to an end with 18 runs. Reid picked up the wicket. The Pacesetters were now 60 for 2 in the sixth over.
Replacing Levy was Ryan Tappin. He and Barry put on a partnership of 118 runs. This was the turning point of the game.
They put on a beautiful display of boundaries as they frustrated the Westerns’ fielders and bowlers.
In one of the overs, Tappin scored two sixes, a four and a single to propel the Pacesetters. Tappin eventually was out on a ball from Mark Smith. Tappin innings included four sixes, six fours and a few doubles and singles.
He scored 69 runs as he put his team in a good spot with 178 runs for the loss of three wickets.
Romario Thomas was his replacement. The Pacesetters avoided losing anymore wickets as they ended the innings on 218 runs for three wickets in 17 overs.
Barry ended the innings with an unbeaten 78 runs. His innings included six sixes and five fours. Thomas ended with 17 runs including a pair for fours.
The Westerns had 21 extras that included 16 wide balls.
It was a tough battle ahead for the Westerns who needed 219 runs in 17 overs to win the game. They needed a run rate of 12.88 runs.
Opening their batting innings were Irving and Hamilton Gilliard. It was a tough first over as they only managed to score four runs off Andrew Nash.
Albert Peters bowled the second over and bowled out Gilliard for four runs. At the end of his over, the score was 19 runs for the loss of one wicket.
Reid came in and joined Irving, hoping to form a meaningful partnership. They both put up some runs on the bowlers as they had a partnership of 57 runs before Reid was out for 35 runs. He scored one six and three fours.
With the score on 76 for two wickets, the Westerns had a difficult time scoring. They lost two quick wickets for 17 runs. Romario Codner came in for Reid but only scored four runs on a boundary. Smith replaced Codner and managed to score seven runs.
After Codner and Smith were out, and the score was 93 runs for four wickets in 12 overs.
Kevon McInnis came in after Smith was out. He and Irving put up a partnership of 24 runs before he was out for nine runs. He was caught by Tappin behind the stumps on a delivery from Thomas.
That was the last wicket the Westerns lost before Ricky Patten came in. He and Irving managed to take the total to 135 as the 17 overs were completed.
Patten scored three runs.
Irving ended with a team high 54 runs. His innings included two sixes and six fours.
The Pacesetters came prepared and ready for this game especially on the offensive side as they managed to amass 218 runs in only 17 overs.
The Rising Stars played Lions yesterday but the score was unavailable up to press time.
The Rising Stars will play St. Albans on Saturday December 15, and the Westerns will resume play in the new year. They will take on St. Agnes on Sunday January 6, 2019.
The Pacesetters will resume their season in the new year also, when the face off against St. Albans on Saturday January 12, 2019. All games are set to begin at 1 p.m.
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