Botanical Gardens Rangers vs Salt Pond Breakers Match Report – 11th Match VPL 5
Rangers won the toss and chose to bowl.
Roshon Primus bowled the new ball and found some late swing. He was dispatched for four by Ambris but got Ambris trapped lbw by a full toss. Kadeem Alleyne got on his knees and swung Kenneth Dember for four and six during the 2nd over to motor Breakers to 23/1 after 2 overs. Persaud bowled the 3rd over and removed danger men Kadeem Alleyne and Ryan John respectively in consecutive deliveries to leave Breakers struggling at 26/3 after 3 overs. Delorn Johnson came in and swung after everything and connected a pitched up delivery from Dember and dispatched it over long on for a massive six. Breakers finished the powerplay on 33/3.
Delorn Johnson continued playing aggressive and mowed a four through mid wicket then struck cleanly over long off for a maximum in the 5th over. Johnson also took on Kesrick Williams, flicking a big six over mid wicket then drilled a full delivery down cow corner to pick up another boundary. Johnson flagged Williams, taking 22 runs from the over, leaving the best shot for last, picking a slower delivery and belting it on the mid wicket roof. Breakers raced to 67/4 after 6 overs.
Ravendra Persaud bowled a top spell, taking 3/6 from his 2 overs of left arm finger spin. He took the key wickets of Alleyne, John and Sween, all form batsmen for the Breakers. Ricavo Williams cut Roneil Jeffrey, who was bowling his first over of VPL, for six over extra cover. Delorn Johnson had to get piece of the action and pulled hard over long on to collect another six to his name. Jeffrey bowled Ricarvo Williams, hitting the top of off and reducing Breakers to 84/6 after 8 overs.
Delorn Johnson brought up his half century off 21 deliveries, single handedly keeping Breakers alive in the match. Breakers finished the innings on 114/9, getting 17 runs from the final over with extras accounting for 12 of those. Johnson top scored with 54 from 25 deliveries, hitting 4 fours and 5 sixes. Apart from Persaud spell of 3/6, Roshon Primus 2/22 and Atticus Browne 2/25 picked up wickets for the Rangers.
Ryan John took the new ball for Breakers and Andre Fletcher launched a maximum off the 4th delivery then played a late cut down to the vacant third man boundary to collect an easy four. Breakers brought Warrican for the 2nd over to try and apply early pressure but Keron Cottoy wasn’t having any of it as he drove for two boundaries then smashed a four through the leg side to push Rangers to 29/0.
Rasheed Fredericks left arm spin was swung over mid wicket for six then pulled behind square for four by Fletcher. Keron Cottoy was in the mood and played the spin excellently, placing well wide of long on then played an inside out shot over cover to pick up consecutive boundaries. Delorn Johnson was called upon to bowl the final over of the power play and he bowled three consecutive dot balls. Cottoy charged the big man and hit a length delivery down the ground to pick up a boundary. The over was a very good one though, as Rangers only got 7 runs from it. Rangers at the end of the powerplay were 56/0 and required a further 58 runs from 36 deliveries.
Andre Fletcher pumped Alleyne out the ground during the 6th over but was dismissed the next delivery, nicking a slower delivery. Fletcher made 31 from 12 deliveries, hitting 2 fours and 3 sixes. Roshon Primus replaced Fletcher and immediately picked up a boundary. At the half way point, Rangers were 71/1, requiring a further 44 runs from 30 deliveries.
Delorn Johnson bowled the 6th over and finished his spell without a wicket but bowled very economical conceding only 14 runs. Roshon Primus took a liking to Alleyne during the 7th over, hitting the first delivery out the ground. He took another six and two fours, the over conceding 24 runs and Rangers requiring 13 runs from 18 deliveries. Roshon Primus whacked Jomel Warrican for two big sixes in the 8th over and finished the game, a very convincing win for the Rangers. Primus top scored with 47 not out from 16 deliveries, hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes. Keron Cottoy, who gave Rangers the early momentum remained unbeaten on 36 from 22 deliveries, hitting 6 fours.
Salt Pond Breakers 114/9 (10 overs)
Botanical Gardens Rangers 119/1 (8 overs)