Progressive cricket club is into the finals of the Courts Inter-Club cricket tournament after they defeated Nazarite in the semi-finals at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva on Tuesday night.
Rain badly affected the game and it took a grand effort from the organisers to have a match, which got underway at 8.05pm and not at the schedule 6pm start because of the weather. Even during the match there was a rain break but Progressive were still able to take a five-wicket win.
Batting first Nazarite struggled to come to terms with the bowling and made just 86 for eight of 13 overs. Kevin Wilkes made 17 and Martin Smith 16 as the others could not come to the party. Keeping them honest was Reguel Brown with figures of three wickets for 14 runs.
When Progressive took to the crease Peter Grimes held their run chase together and got an unbeaten 36, when the win was formalised after 11.2 overs at 87 for five. Brown was also in good nick with the bat and knocked 18 in the winning effort, Irwin Dick bowled well for Nazarite taking 2/16 but the target set was always under par.
Progressive will now await their opponents for the finals, as the next semis will see Hermitage Youth Organisation (HYO) coming up against C&B of Tobago. This clash takes place at the NCC on July 6.
Courts have invested a total of $200,000 into this Inter-Club tournament which has generated tremendous interest from cricket followers.
COURTS INTER CLUB SEMI FINAL SCORES
At the NCC: Nazarite 86/8 (13overs) (Kevin Wilkes 17, Martin Smith 16, Reguel Brown 3/14) vs Progressive 87/5 (11.2overs) (Peter Grimes 36no, Reguel Brown 18, Irwin Dick 2/16) – Progressive won by 5 wkts.