South Zone players Matheus Komal (left) and Jacen Agard after leading their team to victory against Southwest.
While rain pounded many areas in South Trinidad on Monday, the Gods smiled on South Zone and allowed them just enough time to get in a 20 overs affair against South West Zone, which they won and are now into the semi-finals of the 2017 Shell Interzone cricket series.
Needing to win the clash to have a chance of progressing, South restricted South West to 110 for seven in their 20 overs. Right hander Calvin Loubon looked a cut above the rest in the South West team and knocked 54. There were two wickets apiece for Kendall Poochoon and Jacen Agard, while skipper Liam Mamchan and off-spinner Avalon Changoor each grabbed a wicket and were very economical in their four overs conceding just 14 and 12 runs respectively.
When South went to bat, they got an opening partnership of 57 runs from Agard and Matheus Komal and this killed off any chances of victory the South West boys had. Agard fell for nine and Riyaad Mohammed came in to partner Komal and take the victory at 112 for one in 14 overs. Komal batted well to score an unbeaten 43, while Mohammed who counted 38 in the second game got an undefeated 20.
South by virtue of winning this match, ended on the same number of points as Central – 12. Central however topped Group A by virtue of a better net run rate and will now play East on Thursday in the first semi-finals. South will clash with Group B winners North Zone in the other semis on Friday. Both matches will be played at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva.