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Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: Finalists decided

Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: Salt Pond Breakers and La Soufriere Hikers are the two teams which have made it into Sunday's final.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 31, 2020 7:15:37 pm
VPL T10 Highlights: Razine Browne bowls during Day 8 of the VPL.

Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: The T10 carnival in the St Vincent and the Grenadines islands headed into its penultimate day on Saturday, with Salt Pond Breakers and La Soufriere Hikers making it through to Sunday’s final.

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Fort Charlotte Strikers beat Dark View Explorers in a thrilling finish, with the Strikers winning by 1 wicket off the last ball of the match, claiming 5th place in the competition. The first semifinal was won by Salt Pond Breakers, even though Asif Hooper picked up four wickets in one over for the Grenadines Divers. The La Soufriere Hikers then won against Botanical Garden Rangers, scoring a tournament record 150/2 in their 10 overs in the process.

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VPL T10 Highlights:

23:21 (IST)30 May 2020
La Soufriere Hikers to meet Salt Pond Breakers in final

The Hikers complete formalities, winning by 33 runs, to make it to Sunday's final. A flood of wickets fall at the end of the innings. The Botanic Garden Rangers finish on 117/7 in 10 overs, 33 runs short.

23:08 (IST)30 May 2020
100/5 after 8.2 overs

Atticus Browne goes for 7 as a wicket falls off the first ball of the ninth over. Kesrick Williams is then run out in trying to steal a second run. He is out for 22 off 10 balls. That leaves two new batsmen in the middle needing to get 51 to win from 10 deliveries.

23:05 (IST)30 May 2020
99/3 after 8 overs

Kesrick slaps one down to extra cover for four. He follows that up with a six on the leg side. They then run back for 2 after a slam down to long on. The Rangers are still going for the target. The problem, of course, for the Rangers is that there is not much batting to come. Kesrick fails to make contact with the bat and reacts by slamming the bat onto his own pads. That reaction serves some kind of purpose, as he connects cleanly with the last ball of the over to send it over the ropes down the ground. 51 required to win in the last 2 overs. Kesrick has moved to 21 off 9 balls.

23:00 (IST)30 May 2020
79/3 after 7 overs

Atticus Browne starts his innings with a six. The required run rate is now 24 though. Safe to say this chase is now beyond the Rangers. 72 runs required in the last three overs, with Kesrick on 3 and Atticus on 7.

22:57 (IST)30 May 2020
71/3 after 6.2 overs

The Hikers had been 74/1 after 6 overs, not too much more than where the Rangers are now, but it was in the last four overs that Dillon and Salvan had exploded. Will there be a similar blast from ther Rangers? Unlikely, given that Dember is bowled off the 2nd ball of the 7th over. Dember goes for 33. 

22:52 (IST)30 May 2020
Currency is bowled - 69/2 after 6 overs

Romel Currency is bowled! The ball kept low. Kimson Dalzell has more luck than his brother, starting the over off with Currency's wicket. Currency departs for a lowly 6 and the La Soufriere Hikers do jigs around the ground. They know how big a wicket this is. And that brings out Kesrick Williamsat No 4! The West Indies international has some grand ambitions today.

22:49 (IST)30 May 2020
61/1 after 5 overs

Skipper Romel Currency comes out at No 3. Currency and Dember are the two most experienced batsmen in this order. They are chasing a mountain of runs but they are exactly who the team will want in the middle. And Currency starts his scoring with a fine cut shot for four off Kenson Dalzell. Some fine fielding in the rest of the over keeps the boundary count down. Dember manages to pierce the infield off the last ball. Dember on 25. Currency on 6. The Botanic Garden Rangers are keeping in touch with the required run rate still.

22:45 (IST)30 May 2020
50/1 after 4 overs

Hyron Shallow sends the ball out of the park. Longest six of the match. The Botanic Garden Rangers are fighting fire with fire. Despite the huge target, they are managing to keep up with the run rate consistently. The problem for them is that they do not bat as deep as their opponents. One wicket here will change things rapidly. Dember gets a four in the over as well, capitalizing on a misfield in the deep. But then there is disaster for the Rangers off the last ball of the over. Hyron Shallow is out, caught in the deep. He goes for 26 off 11. He had been looking dangerous and the Hikers will be glad to see the back of him.

22:41 (IST)30 May 2020
36/0 after 3 overs

Dember connects finally. Othneil Lewis continues. Dember lofts him over his head for four. And he follows that up with an action replay later in the over. Dember is getting into his groove, ends the over on 15 off 12.

22:38 (IST)30 May 2020
22/0 after 2 overs

Hyron Shallow continues on the right note, getting a boundary in the 2nd over too. He moves to 16 off 5 balls. Dembar is struggling at the other end a bit. He is on 2 off 7 balls.

22:34 (IST)30 May 2020
12/0 after 1 over

The Botanic Garden Rangers start their innings needing 151 to reach the final. Hyron Shallow, facing Othneil Lewis, starts off on the right note. A six over extra cover, a four run down past point and a push for a single. Dembar, opening the innings today, looks a little more suspect in the first over but survives three balls, getting a single off the last ball.

22:23 (IST)30 May 2020
150/2 after 10 overs

Nigel Small bowls the last over and does a decent job of it. Manages to keep the boundary count down. Dillon Douglas finishes the over with a six on the off side. Salvan Browne is run out in the over. He is out for 70 off 28 balls, his highest score in the VPL. Douglas Dillon remains not out on 58 off 18 balls, his highest score too. La Soufriere Hikers score a record-breaking 150/2 in their 10 overs and put one foot in Sunday's final.

22:19 (IST)30 May 2020
VPL records in danger

A partnership of 73 has come between Dillon and Salvan. The highest 2nd wicket partnership in the VPL. Salvan is not out on 66 off 25. Dillon on 51 off 15 balls. The last over coming up with the score at 138/1. This is already the highest team score in the VPL. Ambris's highest individual highest of 75 on the line.

22:16 (IST)30 May 2020
138/1 after 9 overs

Kesrick Williams to bowl the 9th over as the Botanic Garden Rangers try to bring themselves back within a shout. Kesrick bowls a full toss straight into Douglas Dillon's body! The batsman lets go of his bat and starts jumping around in pain. And what a reaction off the very next ball! Kesrick misses the yorker again. Douglas lifts him out of the ground on the leg side, sends him on the furthest stands in the pavilion. And he goes down on his knee and lifts Kesrick over long on for another six! He moves to his 50, off 14 balls. This is his highest score of the VPL.

22:12 (IST)30 May 2020
122/1 after 8 overs

The carnage continues! Salvan Browne lays into Dembar. Two boundaries to start off the 8th over. Salvan moves to 65 off 23, Dillon with him on 38 off 11. Some VPL records are set to be broken today. Douglas Dillon finishes the 8th over with another glorious driven boundary. 

22:08 (IST)30 May 2020
Dillon Douglas explodes - 31 runs in an over

Dillon Douglas gets into the act in the 7th over! A wristy flick off the pads for six. Then there's a cut for four. One of the best looking batsmen in the VPL, Dillon, then follows it up with an ABD-esque ramp shot for six. Carnage from the La Soufriere Hikers batsmen! And there is no respite for the Rangers. Lifts the ball over long on for the third six in the over. Dillon Douglas has exploded. Ends the over with a fourth six in the over. 31 runs in the over! The most expensive over in the VPL. Dillon Douglas moves to 32 off 8 balls. Romario Bibby the unfortunate bowler.

22:02 (IST)30 May 2020
74/1 after 6 overs

Salvan Browne brings up his 50 with another boundary, off 17 balls. Dillon and Salvan get the score ticking with singles for the rest of the over, possibly laying the platform for a final assault.

21:59 (IST)30 May 2020
65/1 after 5 overs

Romario Bibby bowls the 5th over. Dean Browne gets into act now. He has played a lot of dot balls but plays a straight drive for six to move into double digits. Probably the best shot of the match so far, for all the bludgeoning being done by Salvan at the other end. Dean then miscues one and Romel Currency comes under it. Dean Browne goes for 14. Dillon Douglas emerges at No 3.

21:53 (IST)30 May 2020
53/0 after 4 overs

The Salvan Browne assault continues! Kevin Abraham the bowler at the end of the sword in the 4th over. Salvan has made the most of the Powerplay overs. The highest score in the VPL is 75 by Ambris. Salvan well on way tobreaking that record. Salvan is not out on 46 off 14 balls.

21:49 (IST)30 May 2020
36/0 after 3 overs

Kimali Williams replaces Kesrick.  He almost manages to bowl a tidy over before Salvan lashes out at him on the leg side off the last ball  to end the over with a four. Salvan moves into his 30s, having faced just 10 balls.