YMPC cruise into semis
A fine second-wicket stand of 109 in 77 balls between Ryan Wiggins with a sparkling 67, and Shane Dowrich, who compiled an attractive unbeaten 64, lifted YMPC to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over two-time champions and last year’s runners-up CGI Maple.
Playing Monday night, in the final quarter-final of the Sagicor Twenty20 competition at Kensington Oval, YMPC won with 11 balls to spare. Requiring 139 for victory, they made 144 for two from 18.1 overs.
In Friday’s semi-final they will meet CounterPoint Wanderers, while Super Centre Spartan and ESA Field Pickwick will clash in the first semi tomorrow night.
Wiggins faced 38 balls and counted eight fours and four sixes, while Dowrich lashed five fours and two sixes from 54 deliveries.
He ended the match in emphatic style lifting the first ball of the penultimate over way over long-on for six.
Dowrich entered the fray when Stephen Blackett was caught at the wicket from a loose drive in Kemar Stanford’s second over. However, after sending down three cheap overs with the new ball, the left-arm spinner came in for a hammering in his last over which cost 26 runs with 20 going to Wiggins.
He followed up a sweep behind square for four, with effortless sixes over long and extra cover and another four. Eventually he gave a simple catch to mid-on with 22 needed from 30 balls.
Dowrich ensured no alarms were caused and he brought up his 50 in the 17th over with a six over long-on. He also played a memorable cover drive that raced to the boundary as Maple’s total proved about 30 runs short.
Earlier, Maple elected to bat and reached 138 for four from their 20 overs. At the half-way stage they were 60 for one.
The openers Shane Ramsay (43) and Pedro Agard (22) added 45 in 6.1 overs before Agard with five fours was trapped lbw as he swung across a full length delivery from off-spinner Kemal Smith.
The YMPC fielding was very ragged, with about half-dozen chances being spilled. Shane Parris put on 48 in 53 balls for the second-wicket with Ramsay. His knock of 29 from 34 balls, included two fours and the first six of the match.
Both fell in consecutive overs; Parris was “yorked” by Amal Nurse and Ramsay lost his off-stump playing right across to leg-spinner Mario Miller whose four overs produced a miserly 19 runs. He was in for 35 balls, striking three fours and a six.
Orman Kellman made a useful undefeated 24 at better than a run-a-ball, with two fours and two sixes.