By Robertson S. Henry
GROS-ISLET, St Lucia – Gros-Islet led by an outstanding all-round performance with both bat and ball by 2019 Windward Islands Volcanoes player Tarryck Gabriel, handed the Mabouya Valley an innings and a 204-run defeat at the Gros-Islet playing field, as the 2020 Saint Lucia National Cricket Association First Division Inter-District Two-Day Cricket Tournament continued.
Over the weekend (February 29 and March 1, 2020) the hosts Gros Islet, following an outright victory over South Castries last weekend, secured their second consecutive victory.
Mabouya Valley batting first after winning the toss was dismissed for 156 in 37 overs with Chard Polius top-scoring with 52, Wayad Hippolyte made 23, and national Under-15 player Cleyanus Jules 19.
The wicket-takers for Gros-Islet were, Simeon Gerson with 4 for 47, Kymani Sexius 3 for 31, Lee Solomon 2 for 20, and 1 wicket to Dane Edward.
Gros Islet in reply, led by a brilliant double century from Tarryck Gabriel, made a mammoth 461 for 8 declared in 69 overs. Gabriel batting with absolute command made a 209 laced with 30 fours and 7 sixes.
Other major contributions came from Mateo Boulogne who made 72 with 11 fours and 1 six, Zidane Arthur in his debut match for the Gros Islet senior men team made 50 not out with 9 fours, Vernillius Gabriel 40, Lee Solomon 28, and Tyrel Chicot 12.
Bowling for Mabouya Valley, Murgaran Shoulette took 2 for 73, and Chard Polius 2 for 97.
Mabouya Valley, trailing by 305 runs was bowled out in their second inning for 81 in 18.5 overs. Only Chard Polius with 15, and Zachary Edmund 12, reached double figures.
Doing the damage for Gros Islet with the ball was Tarryck Gabriel with 5 for 09, Simeon Gerson 3 for 09, and Kymani Sexius 2 for 14 in 5 overs, as Gros-Islet won by an inning and 204 runs.