Vincy premier League has come to its business end with the finals and a third place shootout match. On the expected lines, Botanical Garden rangers and Grenadines Divers face off in the third place match. Grenadines Divers almost pulled off the heist of the league against the Salt Pond Breakers last night while Botanical Garden Rangers were out-batted by the La Soufriere Hikers. Both teams will look to enjoy this match and play freely without any pressure and finish the season with a win.
Botanic Garden Rangers Preview
Garden Rangers were left to chase down a record total of 150 runs in the semi-finals. Hyron Shallow (26 runs), Kenneth Dember (33 runs), and Kesrick Williams (22 runs) played good knocks but was not enough to give life to mammoth chase in hands. They eventually finished their innings at 117/7 on board. Earlier, their bowlers were smashed all-over the park by the Rangers top-order. Romario Bibbly, Kesrick Williams, and Kevin Abraham gave runs at over 16 RPO while rest of the bowlers had an economy rate over 10 RPO.
Hyron Shallow – Shallow have given good starts to team consistently this season scoring 219 runs at a strike rate of 150+. He had good 20s & 30s to his name and will look to score his maiden T10 fifty in this match.
Kesrick Williams – Williams came into the league with great expectation but did not fare better in bowling department. He has 8 wickets at an economy of 9.7 RPO overall. His cameos down the order at a strike rate of 200+ helps his team to finish with a flourish in few matches.
Botanic Garden Rangers Predicted Playing XI:
Atticus Browne, Romel Currency, Hyron Shallow, Kevin Abraham, Kenneth Dember, Kesrick Williams, Oziko Williams, Romario Bibbly, Kimali Williams, Nigel Small, Casnel Morris.
Grenadines Divers Preview
Divers openers Asif Hopper (32 runs) & Romano Pierre (22 runs) started the match in superb fashion scoring 50 runs for the first wicket. But, once they fell they collapsed from 59/1 in 6 overs to 82/9 in 10 overs scoring just 23 runs in last 4 overs. Four players were run-out in their middle order and no one helped the team capitalise on the good start. Asif Hopper bowled one of his best overs claiming 4 wickets in the first over in the chase. Obed McCoy, Braxie Browne, and Richie Richards bowled decent spells but failed to take wickets to put pressure on the opposition.
Asif Hopper – Asif Hopper continued his good perfromancve in the league in the semis too with 32 runs and 3 wickets to his name. He will look to one more all-round showing to end the league on a high.
Braxie Browne – Braxie Browne bowled a decent spell of 2-0-11-0 but would failed to take wickets and lead his team to victory. He will look to add few more wickets to end the season on a high.
Grenadines Divers Predicted Playing XI:
Asif Hopper, Alex Samuel, Shem Browne, Richie Richards, Romario Pieere, Obed McCoy, Samuel Roberts, Wayne Harper, Razine Browne, Geron Wyllie, Braxie Browne
Kingston has a cool, breezy and cloudy weather on the match day and we 10-15% chances of rain are predicted on the match day.
We witnessed a massive score of 150 runs last night and pitch was easier for the batsmen as the match progressed. The first 2-3 overs were tough to bat and once ball loses shine it will be easier to bat.
Toss: To Bowl
Chasing teams have won 5 out of the last 7 matches and teams are chasing down totals below 90 runs easily. Teams batting first must set target over 100+ to defend the target.
Grenadines Divers have lost three matches on a row failing in the crunch moments after being in a commanding position. They will need to play more confidently in the tense situations. Botanical garden Rangers played well but was never able to derail the top two teams. They will look to win yet another match against the Grenadines Divers and finish the season in their deserving third place.
BOTANICAL GARDEN RANGERS will win the match
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