DEFENDING Sagicor General Twenty20 champions Sagicor Life UWI bounced out Republic Bank St Catherineby 28 runs to booka place in today’s final against CGI Maple.
On a night that epitomized the poor batting standardsin the country, the students were able
to defend an inadequate total of 133 for nine by dismissing the Bayfield,St Philip-based sidefor 105 in 18.4 overs.
UWI’s pacers Carlos Brathwaite and Kesrick Williams utilized a fast bouncy pitch as sixSt Catherine batsmen were caught hooking.
Man of the match Brathwaite (4-19) and Williams (2-16) tookall their wicketswith the short ball.
Brathwaite came into the attack in the 10th over with St Catherine 54-3and UWI badly in need of wickets. Dayne Maynard and Shamar Cooke had already gone to UWI’s other seamer Kevin McClean (2-26) before Ronaldo Kellman and Kenroy Williams added34 for the third wicket.
When Willliams (16) was brilliantly caught diving high to his rightby Nekoli Parris at point off leg-spinner Akeem Dewar the innings wasat the cross-roadsat 49 for three.
It was at this juncture that the all-advised hooking started. Kellman was playing well against both pace and spin after scoring 23 from 26 balls before he became the first of the “happy hookers”to be dismissed.
The most sensible batting of the innings came in a 34-run fifth wicket stand between Patrick Browme (18) and Joel Leacock (25) that tookthe score to 91 in the 16th over before Browme hooked a high bouncerfor Parris to take the second of his four catches on the night.
From a winning position of 91 for four in the 15th over, St Catherine inexplicably lost theirlast six wickets for14 runs in 19 ballswith only Ulric Batson, who ran himselfout, not falling to thehook shot.
Earlier, 2012 champions UWI were kept in checkby the astute captaincyof Derick Bishop and disciplined St Catherine bowling.
After being 61 forone at the half way point of ten overs, UWI plunged to 79 for six in the 14th over with left-arm seamer Michael Holder (3-24) and off-spinner Kenroy Williams (2-27) taking two wickets each in the 13th over and 14th over.
Akeem Dewar’s blistering unbeaten 24 from 11 balls with two fours and one six batting at number nine, took UWI to an eventual safe total after Shacaya Thomas had scored 33 from 43 ballsat the top.