Four teams advance in Prime/Pepsi T/20 Semi-FinalsPOSTED: 05/11/15 5:25 PM
St. Maarten – The Future Champs A team, Nagico United, MNO Spartans and the Winair Conquerors have all advanced to the semifinal round in the Prime /Pepsi T/20 competition, the decider is scheduled to take place on June 7th.
After the last round of matches which took place yesterday, it was the Spartans who are ahead on the points table with 24 followed by Nagico on 16, Future Champs A on 15 and the Conquerors on 13. The first semi game will feature Nagico and Future Champs A on May 31st and in semifinal 2, the Spartans and the Conquerors will clash.
The Spartans picked up their final victory with 9 wickets intact and 11 balls to spare when they went up against the Future Champs A team yesterday. Batting first, the FC A team were 130 for 8 in the allotted overs.
For the second straight game Vimal Ragubhir led with the bat until he was caught by Kenroy David Moreland off the bowling from Leblanc on 34. Iassie Clay who chipped in with 21 and was caught by Colin Hamer off the bowling by Jean Rene Belizar and Michael Lewis was caught by Daniel Doram and bowled by Arif Khan on 19.
Chasing 132 to win, Kacey Carty and Moreland Le Blanc the Spartans set the foundation and ass ironic as it may sound, both batsmen was dismissed for similar scores. Leblanc was first to go, caught and bowled by Akeem Sharplis on 44 which came from 50 balls with 3 boundaries and Carty who spent 81 minutes at the wicket was caught by Trey Prosper off the bowling from C Bardouelle also on 44 with 3 boundaries.
The not out batsmen Damien Williams and Damien Beckford did what was necessary to get to the required score to win. But it was Williams who finished on 31 struck 2 fours and a six to bring an end to a wonderful encounter. Beckford was yet to get off the mark.
In the penultimate game of this round, Vimal Ragubhir provided the spine of the Future Champs A team in innings when he struck 62 runs from 05 balls after batting for 60 minutes which enabled his team to defeat the Masters by 53 runs when the action continued in the Prime /Pepsi T20 tournament over the weekend.
Batting first, the Future Champs A team were 156 for 6 at the end of the stipulated overs. The opening wicket partnership laid the solid foundation for the middle and lower order batsmen and it was not until the score was pushed to 51, the Masters were able to get a break through with the wicket of Iassie Clay who was bowled by Danga Farrell on 12.
Ragubhir, who batted responsibly got most of the strike even when the wickets kept tumbling down and the only other batsman to get into double digits was Trey Prosper who was not out on 12. Bowling for the Masters, Junior George picked up 3 for 21 and Farrell had 2 for 26.
Chasing 157 to win, the Masters were bundled out for 103 for 4 when the overs ran out in yet another disappointing performance after losing their previous game. Steven Evans, the strike batsman was dismissed by Ragubhir without scoring.
Bunny Ryan showed a degree of determination under the circumstances and was eventually caught by Minral Wadhwa, the keeper off the bowling from Clay on 29 which came after facing 30 balls. J George was bowled by Akeem Sharplis on 20, Farrell retired hurt on 19 after batting for 49 minutes and faing 31 balls and Keith Carty was not out on 17.