UWI defeat Carlton
MILES BASCOMBE and Nekoli Parris did for Sagicor UWI what none of Carlton’s batsmen could, to condemn the defending Sagicor General Twenty20 cricket champions to their first defeat of the 2010 campaign.
While Carlton’s best stand was 34 for the second wicket between Richard Greaves and Dale Richards, Bascombe and Parris put together a match-winning, unbeaten 102 to pace the University side to victory by nine wickets with more than two overs to spare.
Carlton lost wickets at regular intervals and owed their total of 132 for eight mainly to knocks of 36 and 31 not out from Richards and captain Marlon Graham, respectively.
UWI lost captain Romel Currency to a tumbling catch by Richards off Graham’s bowling but Bascombe (63) – with four fours and three sixes, and Parris (46) – also with four fours and one six – started slowly before blossoming to gradually wear down Carlton’s bowlers before running out easy winners to book a place in the quarter-finals.
– WAYNE HOLDER
AT CANE GARDEN: A splendid match-winning unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 77 in eight overs between Keegan Alleyne (53) and Renaldo Holder (31) saw Banks to a seven-wicket victory against Guardian General Barbados Youth.
However, despite their only loss, Barbados Youth advanced to next Sunday’s quarter-final against Sagicor UWI.
Chasing 135 to win, Banks reached 136 for three, with ten balls to spare.
Alleyne’s run-a-ball knock contained four fours and two sixes. Holder struck two fours and one six. Opener Michael Maynard lashed a robust 36, while Ravendra Persaud claimed three for 26.
After they elected to bat, Barbados Youth were reduced to 33 for six on a pitch which offered assistance to the bowlers. Fast bowler Ramon Sealy started the mayhem and went on to take four for 17. But Marques Clarke and Mario Rampersaud linked-up for a face-saving seventh-wicket partnership of 98 from 84 balls that saw Barbados Youth to their eventual total of 134 for nine.
Clarke hit a blistering 68 with eight fours, and three sixes off 50 deliveries while Rampersaud made 26 from 32 balls, including two fours. Martin Nurse picked up three for 21. – ELVIS HOWARD
AT INCH MARLOW: Matthew King struck a fluent 49 off 31 deliveries to set up YMPC for an eventual eight-wicket win over Dover.
King struck five fours and three sixes as he entertained the large crowd, who were witnessing the first top-flight cricket match at the Christ Church venue.
Chasing a modest target of 118, YMPC reached 92 for five off 14 overs and seemed to be cruising to victory. However, a string of wickets fell and they needed three runs from the last over with three wickets intact.
Tennyson Roach was leg-before wicket off the second ball.
Needing one to win off the final two deliveries, Francois Hurley skied the penultimate delivery but was lucky not to be caught as the ball fell between two fielders at short mid-off. He ran the winning single in the process.
Earlier, the Dover bats failed to capitalise on a fairly good start of 38 off seven overs and were restricted to 118 for eight.
AT TRENTS: CGI MAPLE secured a berth in the quarter-finals when they defeated Police by two wickets in a close match.
Set a target 132 runs for victory, Maple slipped to 99 for eight in the 17th over but an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 34 between the big-hitting Kemar Johnson (20 not out) and Don O’Neale (11 not out), saw them scraping home with four balls left.
Earlier, Police, jolted by four wickets for 27 by pacer Jamar Austin, recovered to reach to 131 for eight.