Digicel Twenty20 Cricket – Hyatt powers Windies A to thumping win in Antigua
Strapping Jamaican right handermade a punishing half century and his countryman Nikita Miller delivered four miserly overs as they combined to lead West Indies A to a comprehensive win over Pakistan A at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Saturday night.
Chasing 118 to win in the Second Digicel Twenty20 West Indies were reduced to 39 for 5 but Hyatt played with authority in scoring 72 from 48 balls as he led the home side out of troubled waters and powered them to a 5 wicket win with three overs to spare.
Pakistani Pacemantook two wickets (Andre Fletcher for 5 and Kirk Edwards for 2) while the visiting side’s most impressive bowler Junaid Khan bagged two more (Miles Bascombe for 9 and Jonathan Foo for a first ball duck) to leave the Windies A in a hole at 31 for 4.
They slipped to further to 39 for 5 when Captain David Bernard was run out for 3 in the 11th over.
Hyatt, who made a top score of 39 the previous evening in the Windies A Super Over win continued with another mature innings as he took the lead in a 79 run unbroken sixth wicket stand with Ashley Nurse who played with a cool head for 19 from 15 balls with one six.
Hyatt spanked five boundaries and three sixes as he motored the Windies to their target then ended the proceedings with a flurry of sixes.
Rameez took 2 for 25 from 4 overs while Junaid had 2 for 12 from 3 overs but the evening duly belonged to Man of the Match Hyatt who picked up a cool Blackberry smart phone from Digicel for his efforts to add to the one he won for his innings the previous evening.
Led by Miller’s stingy spell, West Indies A restricted Pakistan A to 117 for 7 from 20 overs after they were asked to take first strike by Bernard.
Miller bowled 4 overs for 8 runs and picked up 2 wickets as the Pakistanis struggled to cope with the Windies A spinners on a two paced track.
Nurse, the Barbadian off spinner turned in another fine performance with 2 for 18 from 4 overs while Krishmar Santokie took 2 for 24 from 3 overs and Devendra Bishoo snarled one for 15 from two overs.
Left handed opener Umair Khan top scored for the visitors with 33 from 24 balls, inclusive of two sixes off Ravi Rampaul (4-0-36-0) and three fours.
Yasir Arafat added 24 from 23 balls with one six while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed was not out on 21. Full scorecard.