Botanic Garden Rangers finished third in the league stage of the Vincy Premier T10 League after clinching a last-ball victory against Grenaldines Divers on Friday.
The Divers’ chances of qualifying for the semifinals as the fourth and final team now depends on the result between Dark View Explorers and Salt Pond Breakers.
Romano Pierre and Asif Hooper came out to open for the Divers but the top-order faltered yet again. Divers lost Pierre (3) and in-from Alex Samuel for a duck to Kenneth Dember in the same over which saw the Divers reeling at one stage.
Shem Browne joined Wayne Harper in the next over as Hooper was caught behind for eight off Romario Bibby. However, both Browne and Harper, restored stability for the batting side by hitting a flurry of boundaries to take the score to 60/3 after eight overs.
The Divers’ bid for a fighting total received a major boost in the ninth over, bowled by Bibby, when Browne and Harper smashed 20 runs. Eventually, the side finished at 87/6. Harper scored 28 and while Browne was dismissed for 29.
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Hyron Shallow and Oziko Williams walked out to open the innings for the Rangers but were unable to give a strong start as the latter fell for a duck on the last ball of the first over. Atticus Browne’s stay at number three ended shortly after as the Rangers found itself in a spot of bother at 11/2 in two overs.
Kenneth Dember, despite wickets falling at the other end, continued to keep the Rangers ship afloat with timely hits to the fence. With five runs required of the final over, Rangers squeezed over the line in the final delivery with Dember remaining not-out on 45.
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Earlier in the day, La Soufriere Hikers defeated Fort Charlotte Strikers by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed game.
Batting first, the Strikers got off to a mild start as its opener, Sealroy Williams fell in the second over.
Ronald Scott came to the team’s rescue with a 16-ball 27, laced with two fours and sixes, which helped the Strikers post a modest total of 91/1 after 10 overs.
The Hikers looked comfortable from the onset of the chase. Wicketkeeper-batsman Salvan Browne had a new opening partner in Camarlo Cain. The pair put on 18 runs for the first wicket before the rain interruption after 2.1 overs. The revised target for the batting side was 42 from five overs.
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Browne (10) smashed a boundary upon resumption but was caught of the next ball. Dillon Douglas came in to bat at number three, with his side needing 18 from 15 balls.
Cain (12) and Douglas (18) took the Hikers over the line inside four overs. With this victory, the Hikers finished the group stage on top with 14 points.
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