The mighty Queen’s Park has been knocked out of the 2017 TTCB T20 tournament at the hands of Central Sports at the quarter final stage.
Queen’s Park fell to Richard Ramkissoon’s men by two wickets at the Brian Lara stadium in South Trinidad. Batting first, the defending champions posted 156 for seven in their 20 overs with Tion Webster getting a typically hard hit 64 and Akeal Hosein 34. Rakesh Maharaj continued his good form this season with 3/25 for Central Sports.
The veteran Shazan Babwah who has been a real standout in domestic cricket this season then scored 25 and together with Kamil Pooran 23 and contributions down the order from other batsmen, was able to take his team to victory at 157 for eight with two balls to spare.
In the earlier game, Merryboys cricket club moved easily into the semi-finals with a 48-run victory over Cane Farm.
Batting first on a slow pitch, Merryboys got to 148 for eight in their allotted 20 overs. Leading the way with the bat were Mario Belcon and the veteran Lincoln Roberts. Belcon belted 40 of 40 balls with five fours, while Roberts made 32 of 29 balls with a four and two sixes.
Anthony Simmons grabbed two wickets for nine runs, while Devon Clement scalped two but was costly at 41 runs. In reply, Cane Farm struggled and lost early wickets, which affected them from mounting a meaningful challenge. A lot was expected of former Barbados player Alcindo Holder who ironically played for Merryboys up to a couple season ago but all he got was a single. Cane Farm was restricted to 100 for seven of their 20 overs. Top scorer was Shakeel Allick who made 33 not out of 31 balls with four fours. There were two wickets apiece for Marlon Richards, Keon Isaac and Rishard Harris.
TTCB T20 SCORES
At Brian Lara Stadium: Merryboys 148/8 (20)(Mario Belcon 40, Lincoln Roberts 32, Ranga Latchana 19, Amir Khan 19no, Anthony Simmons 2/9, Devon Clement 2/41) vc Cane Farm 100/7 (20) (Shakeel Allick 33, Brandon Ramdial 27, Marlon Richards 2/13, Keon Isaac 2/17, Rishard Harris 2/22) – Merryboys won by 48 runs.
At Brian Lara Stadium: QPCC 156/7 (20)(Tion Webster 64, Akeal Hosein 34, Rakesh Maharaj 3/25) vs Central Sports 157/8 (19.4) (Shazan Babwah 25, Kamil Pooran 23, Terrence Hinds 2/31) – Central Sports won by 2 wkts.
CAPTION: Tion Webster cracked 65 for QPCC.