Crushers enter Super 40 final with shock victory over Pythons


By Neto Baptiste

The Pigotts Crushers are through to the final of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Super 40 competition after a narrow five-wicket win over favorites All Saints Pythons on Saturday at Mack Pond.

Invited to bat after the home side won the toss, the Crushers were knocked out for an unintimidating 124 in just 27.3 overs and were, at one point, five for three. Francois Elroy Jr led the charge with 47 while there were 33 extras played by the home team.

Michael Marcellin and larry joseph both took three wickets, Marcellin claiming three for 25 in six overs and Joseph taking three for 31 in 5.3 overs. Kerry Mentee caught two for 16 in six overs.

Continuing what seemed an obtainable total for a team unbeaten in four matches, the Pythons slumped for 119 in 26.5 overs. The home team’s best effort with the bat came from Jaylen Francis who did 24 before being exhausted.

Demari Benta, Trevonson Atley, Kadeem Henry and Francis Jr all picked up two wickets in a magnificent bowling effort for Crushers as the visitors had a great performance on the pitch. Benta had two for 25, Atley claimed his two for 20 runs, Henry pocketed two for 23 and Francis Jr claimed his two wickets for 21 runs.

PIC Liberta Blackhawks and Empire Nation were scheduled to play the second semi-final on Sunday at the King George V Ground. The final is scheduled for Sunday at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.


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