Match Report – 9th Match: Salt Pond Breakers vs Fort Charlotte Strikers
Strikers won the toss and chose to bat, trying to set a total against a team that loves batting first.
A new opening pair was tried and Hackshaw pulled Johnson away for couple boundaries before top edging to short thirdman. Miles Bascombe was run out on the final delivery of the 2nd over. Strikers were getting boundary per over but the dot balls was too much. At the end of 6th over, they were 51/3. They lost wickets in a flurry to be at 62-6. Thankfully, a little push by Shaquille Browne at the end pushed them to 80-6 in their 10 overs. Denson Hoyte, who for the first time completed his full quota of overs over the 3 editions of the VPL, returned figures of 2-8 from his 2 overs.
Rasheed Fredericks started the bowling well, but bowled a wide on the sixth delivery, and then the last legal delivery was swept for 4 by Ambris. Jordan bowled well in the 2nd over only conceding 6, but Ambris was already looking in good touch, flicking beautifully for four in the over. Fredericks was expensive in the 3rd over, conceding 17 runs and Breakers well ahead in the run chase. Ray Jordan came back to finish the powerplay and pegged it back well, only conceding 3 runs.
Oziko Williams who was promoted to open brought useful runs for the Breakers. When he was dismissed in the sixth over for 23 from 18 balls, Breakers were cruising along easily towards their target – needing 26 runs from 24 balls. Nigel Small, in his first match of the campaign, delivered 2 overs for 6 runs and managed to bring the game down to the last over, leaving 9 required for victory. Kirton Lavia was up to bowl the last over and only three singles were conceded from the first four deliveries. The fifth delivery, Johnson was dropped and they scrambled two runs. The final delivery, with 4 required, Johnson was caught this time by Shaquille Browne and Strikers pulling off an incredible win.
Fort Charlotte Strikers 80/6 (10 overs)
Salt Pond Breakers 77/4 (10 overs)