The St. Thomas 40-Plus cricket team finished second over the weekend at the 2019 Leeward Islands Masters cricket tournament, held on Antigua from June 7-9.
St. Thomas — despite losing both of its cricket fields after hurricanes Irma and Maria — went undefeated until the finals, beating St. Kitts, Anguilla and St. Croix in group play, then downing Nevis in the semifinals.
In the finals, St. Thomas batted first and set a score of 187 in 20 overs, led by Neil Lewis’ 92 runs. Antigua began its session with 43 runs in three overs before rain delayed the match 90 minutes.
The delay forced tournament officials to implement the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, a mathematical formula used to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited-overs match.
Under the formula, Antigua had to score 137 or better in 14 overs — a goal it reached to win the match and the tournament championship.
Despite the runner-up finish, Lewis was named the finals’ most valuable player and the tournament’s MVP, as well as the award winner for most runs, best fielder and best bowler.
— Daily News Staff