Salt Bond Breakers, with an unbeaten record, led the points standing at the halfway stage – Tuesday 26th May – of the T10 Vincy Premier League.
They stood top of the table with 10 points from 5 victories, 2 ahead of their closest rivals La Soufriere Hikers on 8 points from 4 wins and one loss.
The Botanical Gardens Rangers with 6 points occupied third spot at this stage, They had 3 wins and 2 losses.
Dark View Explorers followed on 4 points from 2 wins and 3 losses, to stay clear of Grenadines Divers on 2 points, from their one victory and 4 losses.
Fort Charlotte Strikers, yet to win a match, occupied the cellar position with no points.
In the fifth round of matches played last Tuesday, Salt Bond Breakers, La Soufriere Hikers and Botanic Gardens Rangers recorded wins.
Front-runners Salt Pond Breakers beat Dark View Explorers by 8 wickets. Dark View Explorers made 73 for 3 from 10 overs, with a top score of 32 coming from Shamon Hooper and 20 from Captain Lindon James. Sunil Ambris then hit an unbeaten 39 to lead the Breakers to 74 for 2 from 8 overs. Urel Thomas remained not out on 26.
La Soufriere Hikers dismissed Grenadines Divers by 10 runs. The Hikers put 98 for 4 from 10 overs on the scoreboard, Cosmus Hackshaw top scoring with an unbeaten 28 and Captain Desron Maloney getting 27 not out. Captain Asif Hooper was the pick of the Divers’ bowlers with figures of 3 for 19 from 2 overs. Drivers crumbled in their replay to finish on 88 for 6 in their 10 overs. Alex Samuel led the runs chase with 55.
In what was a high-scoring match, Botanic Gardens Rangers held on to beat Fort Charlotte Strikers by 6 wickets. Rangers registered a formidable total of 101 for 2 from 10 overs, thanks to 44 not out by Hyron Shallow and 30 from Oziko Williams. Strikers gave it their all in a spirited chase, to finish on 95 for 6 of 10 overs. Sealroy Williams top scored with 35 and Gidron Pope hit 25. Captain Keswick Williams took 2 for 18 from his 2 overs.
In terms of individual accolades as of Tuesday, Sunil Ambris was out front with the most runs,189, with his highest innings being 75 not out. He has a remarkable average of 94.5 and a strike rate of 165.79. Hyron Shallow has the second most runs, 138, with a 46 average and 151.65 strike rate. Gidron Pope follows next with 127runs at an average of 25.4 and a strike rate of 130.93.
Wesrick Staugh of Salt Pond Breakers has taken the most wickets, 9, so far. Sealron Williams and Deran Greaves of Dark View Explorers each has 7 wickets.
As of the end of Tuesday’s matches, the League had seen five half centuries: Ambris, 75 not out and Samuel, 56 as referenced earlier; Kadir Nedd, Salt Pond Breakers, 50 not out; Asif Hooper, Grenadines Divers, 59 not out; and Gidron Pope, Fort Charlotte Strikers, 59 not out.
The tournament is scheduled for conclusion on Sunday at the Arnos Vale Playing Field.(The Vincentian)