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Two new finalists for Sagicor T20

Elvis Howard

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Two new finalists will emerge at the end of the Sagicor General T20 semi-finals that will be contested over the next two nights at Kensington Oval.
In tonight’s encounter Super Centre Spartan take on ESA Field Pickwick and tomorrow YMPC will meet CounterPoint Wanderers, with play set to start at 7 both nights.
It will be the first time in the seven-year history of the tournament that Spartan, Pickwick and Wanderers have made it to the semis, while YMPC will look to go one step further after losing in 2011 and 2012 to ICBL Empire.
Significantly, all four quarter-finals were won by the side that batted last. Dethroned champions Sagicor UWI and last year’s losing finalists CGI Maple suffered the heaviest defeats.
Pickwick crushed UWI by nine wickets and YMPC had an emphatic eight-wicket win over Maple. Spartan had a hard-fought five-wicket win over LIME, thanks to a magnificent unbeaten 81 from Shamarh Brooks.
All eyes will be on him again, as well as another stroke-maker in Pickwick’s Shai Hope, who has been in tremendous form. His undefeated 92 against UWI ensured Pickwick made light work of a revised target of 152. It was his third half-century of the competition.
Wanderers remain the only unbeaten team. They cut it close against Premix & Precast Yorkshire. Chasing a modest 112, they won by six wickets with two balls left. They will need Shayne Moseley, already with four half-centuries, to sustain his rich vein of form whether chasing or setting a total.
YMPC are delighted that Ryan Wiggins has regained his touch at the right time with scores of an unfinished 73 and 67 in his last two outings. He and Shane Dowrich, who made 64 not out against Maple, are the backbone of the batting.