Vibes Trounce Hapless Wanderers With Record 461 for 6 Baker 119 n.o, Parchment 114, and Dyer 94 lead rout
Defending League champions Vibes Sports Club (4-0) etched their name in the more favored pages of the record book by feasting on a lifeless Wanders (0-4) bowling attack to set a new league high for runs – an incredible 461, off forty overs. Vibes erased memories of being previously victimized by a 429 runs assault, by inflicting one of their own. It was brutal. Though it started very much sublime for Wanderers, as they removed the pair of Vibes openers cheaply – Powell for a duck, and Bourne for 10, things later changed in dramatic fashion, capped off by Baker’s maiden ton. First, McFaralne (40) and Parchment set the recovery stage, before Parchment, Dyer, and Baker transformed the small confines of Lithonia Park into a launching pad. Wanderers bowling lacked penetration and intent. Long-hops and full toss were abundant and were flayed to all parts of the boundary. The fielding was comical and entertaining too. Skyers went through slippery hands, and defensive prods went past tumbling feet as the runs piled up. Dyer fell six short of his ton, but Parchment and Baker didn’t miss out.
The long day ended for Wanders (84 for 6) after twenty overs in their reply. By then the light had faded, and the umpires mercifully called the game.
In other games:
At Mark trail: The fully revamped and revitalized Metropolitan (4-1) continued their impressive 2011 run by cruising to a seven wicket win over CSC (2-3), thanks to a key bowling spell by Keon Lupe (4 for 31). CSC took first strike and seemed set for a huge score with Blake (33), and Swanson (22) paving the way. They both were soon removed by Lupe, and a middle order collapse followed. Numbers 3, 4, 5, and 6 batsmen fell for a total on 1 run, with three of them obviously failing to score. It was left to Roberts with a cavalier 35, batting at number 9, to propel the inning to a still meager 132. Young Edmondson (33) and Lupe , 31 not out, then teamed up to see MCC home easily at 133 for 3.
At Best Academy: UBACCC moved to 5-0 by rolling over Lawrenceville (1-3) by seven wickets as Mumby returned to form with a season high 55. Lawrenceville batted first, and with Harrypaul 61, and Alliston 54, tallied a respectable 189 all out off 38.2 overs. UBACCC chased this target easily with Brown (48), Tulloch (33 not out), and Wright (42) making significant contributions and Tulloch again proving a most difficult wicket to get.
At Loganville (Saturday): Tropical debutant opening batsman, Dean Morgan, served league notice on the high promise and expectations he came with by batting through the innings to score a very attractive 161 not out, highlighted with 14 fours and 6 sixes, in the match against LCC. Morgan started slowly, seemingly searching for his way in the new environment of a matting surface, but he soon found his rhythm and fluent stroke play followed. He teamed with former West Indies A player Tony Powell (64) in a foundation laying second wicket century partnership that propelled Tropical to 272 for 2 in their allotted forty overs. In reply, LCC had no answer for left arm seamer Basil Williams who ripped through the frontline batsmen, returning figures of 8 - 2 - 21 – 5, to send them crashing for 126 all out. Only Gopall (49) offered some late resistance by targeting the slow bowlers, before Bennett wrapped up the inning with 2 for 4 off his one over.
At Burdett Park: In the intriguing match-up of winless teams, ICC emerged on top with a 57 runs victory over CHCC. Scores: ICC 190 all out; Stewart 30, Mukish 25, Laggan 3 for 30; CHCC 133; Laggan 60 not out, Knight 23, Brendon 4 for 31.