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Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: Salt Pond Breakers, La Soufriere Hikers continue domination

Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: Dark View Explorers and Grenadine Divers (both 4 points) are the two teams who will be fighting for the last remaining place in the knockouts when the VPL returns for one last round of league matches on Friday.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 29, 2020 5:29:16 pm
Asif Hooper Grenadine Divers captain Asif Hooper (Twitter/VPLT10)

Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: The VPL T10 carnival rolled into the penultimate day of league action on Thursday. Dark View Explorers lost the first match to Fort Charlotte Strikers, giving the initiative in the knockout race to Asif Hooper’s Grenadine Divers, who also lost their match to table-toppers Salt Pond Breakers. La Soufriere Hikers won the last match of the day to join the Breakers at the top of the table.

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Three of the four semifinal spots have been sealed already, with two teams in the running for the last spot. Salt Pond Breakers, La Soufriere Hikers (both 12 points) and Botanic Garden Rangers (8 points) are in the top half of the VPL points table. Dark View Explorers and Grenadine Divers (both 4 points) are the two teams who will be fighting for the last remaining place in the knockouts when the VPL returns for one last round of league matches on Friday.

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VPL T10 Highlights:

23:37 (IST)28 May 2020
Hikers win by 8 wickets

A comprehensive win for the La Soufriere Hikers as they continue their domination in the VPL. They move to 12 points, joint table toppers alongside Salt Pond Breakers. They win this match by 8 wickets, with 3.4 overs to spare. Douglas remains not out on 20, finishing the match with a boundary. Maloney stays not out on 14.

23:33 (IST)28 May 2020
Maloney and Douglas marshall chase

Maloney and Dillon Douglas marshall the chase to completion. They lost their openers in a heap but No 3 and No 4 Maloney and Douglas stamp their class on the match, scoring without risks and finding gaps at will. After Salvan Browne went out for 22, Harry soon followed for 15. However, after that, Douglas has taken control and Maloney has given him good company. Both have moved to double digits in no time.

23:19 (IST)28 May 2020
39/1 after 4.2 overs

The big advantage for the Hikers is the wickets in hand though. Salvan Browne goes after Romario, making this advantage count. He gets a boundary is then bowled out by Romario. Salvan Browne knows he missed out on abig one today. Threw his bat at the ball and threw his wicket away. Dillon Douglas comes in at No 3.

23:17 (IST)28 May 2020
33/0 after 4 overs

The Rangers are putting in some good work in the field to cut off the runs but there is a bit of disappointment for them off the last ball as it trickles past the keeper with an edge to the boundary. Salvan Browne on 16 not out, Harry on 15 not out. Romario Bibby to bowl the first non-Powerplay over. This match is pretty much evenly poised now.

23:12 (IST)28 May 2020
23/0 after 3 overs

Tilron manages to go over extra cover with a lofted shot and gets a four. Kimali Williams bowls good lines and lengths to cramp up the batsmen otherwise. The Hikers will be pleased with how the chase is progressing.

23:08 (IST)28 May 2020
15/0 after 2 overs

Dembar, the other experienced bowler, in the Rangers' ranks, bowls the second over and manages to keep it tight. Six runs from the over as the score moves to 15/0 after 2 overs. Kimali, another pacer who has impressed in the VPL, replaces Kesrick. 

23:03 (IST)28 May 2020
9/0 after 1 over

Kesrick gets the ball to climb on the batsmen, a bit too much on one occasion, as an overhead wide is signalled. Salvan Browne then gets on over the infield to get a four off the last ball of the over. 

23:00 (IST)28 May 2020
Chance straightaway

Kesrick Williams bowls the first over. And he induces a chance off the first ball. But it is dropped. The fielder points at the Sun as if to indicate the villain in that incident was not him but someone in the skies. Kesrick, never one to hide his emotions, lets it rip at the fielder. Salvan Browne and Tilron Harry open for the Hikers. Loud shouts for run out as well. Lots happening in the first over.

22:47 (IST)28 May 2020
79/7 after 10 overs

Kesrick Williams emerges as the highest scorer from his side. He swings hard at every ball he faces. He runs hard to get back on strike, Nigel Small gives him complete cooperation. But Small  is run out at the non striker's end off the fifth ball. Kesrick finishes off with a six down the ground. Kesrick remains not out on 30 off 12 deliveries. A decent recovery from the Rangers, considering how early they lost their top order today. The Hikers need 80 to win in their 10 overs.

22:41 (IST)28 May 2020
66/6 after 9 overs

Kesrick Williams takes charge of the 9th over as well after Nigel Small hands him the strike with a single. Nigel Small manages to make good contact off the fifth ball and a catch is dropped in the deep as the lower order counter attack continues. 

22:39 (IST)28 May 2020
56/6 after 8 overs

Kesrick Williams makes some amends for the failure of his top order. Consecutive fours to end the 8th over, hit on either side of the ground. Gets his team's total above 50. Kesrick moves to 13 off 4 balls. A rapid innings for the West Indies international. Some hope for the Rangers courtesy with rearguard attack.

22:35 (IST)28 May 2020
47/6 after 7.1 overs

And there's a run out! Dember is run out by the bowler in the follow-through of his run-up. Dember goes for 13. Kesrick Williams is involved in that run out, not the first one he has been involvedn in in the VPL, but there was little he could do. Nigel Small walks out to join Kesrick as the Rangers look in danger to be the first team to be all out in a VPL match.

22:33 (IST)28 May 2020
47/5 after 7 overs

Kesrick Williams comes in at No 7. And he gets going with a boundary off the last ball of the seventh over. Kenneth Dember, meanwhile, has moved to double digits. He is not out on 13 runs off 11 balls. 

22:30 (IST)28 May 2020
36/5 after 6 overs

30/4 after 5 overs as Abraham and Dembar look to weather the storm from the Hikers. Then Dalzell comes back to bowl his second over. Othneil Lewis does some good work on the boundary ropes to cut off a six. And then he gets his third wicket off his last ball. Abraham is bowled out for 6 runs. Dembar still out there but even he is batting at a strike rate of less than 100. The Rangers look to be in danger of posting the lowest total in the VPL.

22:22 (IST)28 May 2020
28/4 after 4 overs

Kimson Dalzell comes in to bowl the first over of pace in the innings and there is an instant reward. Oziko Williams swings wildly and gets an edge that carries to the keeper's outstretched hands. Oziko survived for a long time but managed only 4 runs. Kenneth Dembar the new man in. Dembar manages to get one shot away to the boundary to deep midwicket to break the momentum of the Hikers a little bit. But then Dalzell strikes again. Again caught behind by the keeper. Atticus Browne departs for a duck. Two wickets in the over and an exhibition of fast bowling by Dalzell in the over. Kevin Abraham joins Dembar with the Rangers in deep trouble. Dembar on 5 not out.

22:15 (IST)28 May 2020
22/2 after 3 overs

Currency is gone! Caught and bowled by Lewis. Currency, the main man for the Rangers today, is gone for 16. Some joy on the field for the Hikers then, even though they are 2 players down at the moment. Dillon Douglas the 2nd player to be off the field with a knock. Atticus Browne comes in at No 4. 22/2 after 3 overs An excellent spell from Othneil Lewis again. Two wickets for him.

22:12 (IST)28 May 2020
Two players injured for Hikers

Salvan Browne, the keeper, took a knock in the 2nd over and he walks off injured. Romel Currency, meanwhile, has moved on to 14, taking charge of the innings. Othneil comes back to bowl the 3rd over as the Hiker still stick with spin. Othneil does well to cramp Oziko for room. And there is another fielder down in the field for the La Soufriere Hikers after he fell awkwardly after a throw. Second fielder injured in the match and LSH are having a hard day in the field already. 22/1 after 2.3 overs

22:08 (IST)28 May 2020
19/1 after 2 overs

Dillon Douglas, one of the most reputed all-rounders from this region, bowls the 2nd over as the Hikers also opt to start off with their spinners. Romel Currency pulls hard at the second ball and brings up a boundary. And Currency goes hard at the third ball of the over again. Over mid off's head. Currency is making the most of the Powerplay overs. 

22:05 (IST)28 May 2020
9/1 after 1 over

Both Romel Currency and Oziko Williams start off in style. Sweep to the leg side for fours. Othneil Lewis hangs his head as the keeper misses a stumping opportunity off the last ball. 9/1 after 1 over

22:02 (IST)28 May 2020
First ball wicket

Hyron Shallow takes strike as the Botanic Garden Ranngers bat first. And he is dismissed first ball! First ball duck. Othneil Lewis starts the bowling for the Hikers and he strikes immediately. Romel Currency comes out at No 3. he is the captain of the team today.