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Boucher breaks barrier


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Boucher breaks barrier

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LENIKO BOUCHER struck a magnificent 104 – his third century in four matches – to carry title-holders Fusionz Boutique Passage United into the semi-finals of the Inspire Sports/National Sports Council Under-13 Competition.
Also joining Passage United in next Sunday’s semi-finals are TeleBarbados Carlton, Hardware Express Dover, and Oran/Smalta Bristol.
Passage United will meet Bristol at Dayrells Road, while Dover will oppose Carlton at Beckles Road.
The final is slated for Sunday, March 20.
In the quarter-finals yesterday, Passage United thrashed Banks by 176 runs; Carlton beat Inspire Sports Wanderers by six wickets; Dover won by a resounding 140 runs from St Philip Juniors, and Bristol defeated YMPC by 51 runs.
At Passage Road, Boucher’s record-breaking knock took his aggregate to 573 runs, from eight innings, six of them unbeaten.
After electing to bat, the two-time champions amassed an imposing 251 for two from their allotted 35 overs.  
In reply, Banks were dismissed for a miserly 75 in 23.2 overs. Off-spinner Hasani Newton was the pick of the bowlers with four for 29.
Boucher’s feat was the first time in the three years of the tournament that a batsman not only scored three centuries but also passed 500 runs.
The diminutive opener faced 98 balls and hit 13 fours before he retired hurt with back problems in the 32nd over.  
He shared in a robust second-wicket stand of 183 from 177 balls with Deswin Currency who made 63 (including four fours) off 77 balls. Dominic Drakes smashed an unbeaten 41 at better than a run-a-ball, laced with six fours and one six.
At Dayrells Road, leg-spinner Kaelan Vanterpool bagged five for 23 from seven overs to send Wanderers tumbling from 56 for one to a disappointing 99 all out in the 28th over.  
Last year’s losing finalists Carlton then reached the target, making 100 for four with 15.3 overs to spare.
All-rounder Shamar Springer who earlier took three for 21, made an important 39. He put on 56 in 11.3 overs with Shakim Haynes.
Over at Dover, the home side reached 206 from their 35 overs after they chose to bat. Kevon Bartlett (63) and Lemar Pearce (42) laid the foundation with a spirited second-wicket stand of 121 in 18 overs.
St Philip Juniors were then routed for a paltry 66 in 19. 5 overs. The damage was done by medium-pacers Jarion Hoyte, four for 14, and Shakeel Turney, three for ten.
Player Of The Match Hoyte had earlier lashed a quick-fire undefeated 28.
After cruising at 105 for one in the 21st over, in pursuit of 189 for victory, YMPC crashed to 137 all out in 32.4 overs at Old Coleridge.  
Shakeem Blades compiled 62, containing nine fours, as he and Shakeel Waithe (23) added 89 for the second wicket.
However, Player Of The Match Rodarry Small snatched three for 13 from five overs including the wicket of Blades with his leg-spin. Medium-pacer Jadeja Edwards captured four for 24 from 5.4 overs.
Earlier, Bristol’s 188 for nine was centered around a fine 67 (including eight fours) from all-rounder Tremaine Harris. (EDH)

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