Match Report: 12th Match – Dark View Explorers vs Grenadines Divers
Dark View Explorers won the toss and chose to bat, the captain Lindon James stating that all teams who have batted first have won on this particular strip.
Asif Hooper, captain for Grenadines Divers bowled the first over conceding only 1 run. Richie Richards, an off spinner, bowled the 2nd over and was struck for 3 boundaries between Deron Greaves & Shamon Hooper. Explorers experimented with a new opening pair, with Hooper opening instead of captain James. Hooper came back for the 3rd over, keeping things tidy and conceding just 7 runs. The final powerplay over was bowled by Tijourn Pope and conceded 13 runs, with Explorers finishing the powerplay on 36/0, giving them a solid platform to build upon.
The Explorers could only manage 30 runs with the last of 2 wickets in the next 4 overs, Obed McCoy and Razine Browne in particular keeping things very tight. Obed McCoy delivered a tight penultimate over, taking the wickets of Deron Greaves and Davian Barnum and only conceding 8 runs, bowling with spectacular variety. The Explorers finished their innings on 86/4, quite a decent total based on the day’s proceedings.
Shem Browne in usual attacking fashion, went after Deron Greaves in the first over, hitting to boundaries. Darius Martin bowled the second over only conceding 4 fours, again bowling another excellent opening over. Shamon Hooper took up the challenge of bowling the 3rd over but Hooper enjoyed his bowling, swinging a six through the leg side and finished the over with a boundary taking the Divers to 28/0. In an unprecedented move, Darius Martin was used to bowl the final over of the powerplay. It nearly proved successful, but Shem Browne was dropped down on the third man boundary. The 2nd delivery brought success as Hooper top edge and was safely taken by the keeper Lindon James running back. Alex Samuel finished the powerplay, clubbing a pull shot over mid wicket, finishing the powerplay for his side on 37/1.
Sealron Williams was introduced and got success by removing the dangerous Shem Browne. Geron Greaves came on for the 6th over and Alex Samuel crunched two powerful sixes. Lindon James, realising Samuel’s preference for the leg side, instructed Greaves to pitch full outside off and he did and Samuel obliged and dragged it into the hands of Shamon Hooper at long on, diving forward to take a brilliant catch. 15 runs were taken from the over, leaving the Divers 29 runs from 4 overs.
Lindon James took off the pads and delivered the 7th over, only conceding 7 runs, leaving the Divers needing 21 runs from the last 3 overs. Sealron Williams continued and did more damage, dismissing Richie Richards and then bowling the hard hitting Razine Browne and only conceding 4 runs. Shamon Hooper bowled the penultimate over and quickly trapped Wayne Harper lbw. Obed McCoy came in and got a fine nick down to the third man boundary – 13 now needed from the last over to be bowled by Lindon James. The Divers could only manage 6 and the Explorers winning by 6 runs.
Dark View Explorers 86/4 (10 overs)
Grenadines Divers 80/8 (10 overs)