Match Preview: 1st Match – Grenadines Divers vs Salt Pond Breakeres
The first ever match of the VPL T10 will be a highly anticipated battle, with the Grenadines Divers and Salt Pond Breakers being the two teams chosen to wet the appetite of fans across the globe. This contest will see two of St. Vincent & the Grenadines superstars in Sunil Ambris & Obed McCoy battling against each other.
In The Spotlight
For the Grenadines Divers, Shem Browne, who averages one shy of 40 in local T20 cricket, will look to steer the batting. The Divers will be banking on their bowling attack to defend or restrict the opposition, as they possess one of the most varied bowling attack. One of the craftiest left armers in franchise cricket, Obed McCoy will look to continue to impose his dominance in such tournaments.
For the Salt Pond Breakers, the Captain Sunil Ambris is expected to take charge with bat and on the field. The opposition will have more to contend with in Rickford Walker, one of the few batsmen to have 2 centuries in local T20 cricket. The bowling attack will lean on the experience of Windward Islands left arm seamer in Delorn Johnson.
The weather is expected to be clear and sunny throughout the day, with very little chance of rain.
With the tournament having 10 days of consecutive cricket, an extra covering of grass was left on the wicket to preserve the pitch throughout the tournament. Fast bowlers will be looking on with some excitement. Conditions may force some teams to alter any plans of playing a spin heavy bowling attack.
Grenadines Divers: Shem Browne, Romano Pierre, Tijourn Pope, Wayne Harper, Anson Latchman, Richie Richards, Razine Browne, Asif Hooper, Geron Whyllie, Braxie Browne, Obed McCoy
Salt Pond Breakers: Sunil Ambris, Rickford Walker, Donwell Hector, Chrisroy John, Jeremy Layne, Kadir Nedd, Seon Sween, Delorn Johnson, Beniton Stapleton, Javid Harry, Wesrick Strough
Stats & Trivia
This is the first match of the VPL T10 inaugural competition. Shem Browne, Razine Browne & Braxie Browne are brothers, who also have 2 other brothers playing with La Soufriere Hikers.