DEFENDING Trinidad and Tobago T20 Cricket club champions Powergen last night defeated Munroe Road by 69 runs to advancec to tomorrow’s semifinal of this year’s competition which is rolling out the action each evening this week at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
Powergen rode on Akeal Cooper’s Man-of-The-Match performance of 50 not out to post 166 for 6 batting first, then bowling out Munroe Road for 97 in 16 overs for the win.
Powergen advance to meet Monday’s other quarterfinal winners Merryboys in tomorrow evening’s second match of the doubleheader.
In yesterday’s first match at the Oval, Tableland won an exciting run-feast match against Moosai Sports who reached 177 for 6, chasing 188 for victory.
Kjorn Ottley’s fine unbeaten 81 drove Tableland to 187 for 3 in their 20 overs and Moosai made a valiant but vain late charge to get past the winning target.
Today, there is a two-game fare from 3 pm to determine the Championship Division winners – Diamond United facing Evergreen for third and fourth places and Aranguez versus Calcutta for the title.
In India, rain washed out yesterday’s Kolkata Knight Riders versus Kings XI Punjab first match in the final four title-deciding phase of the Indian Premier League T20 competition.
They return to play today with Chennai Super Kings also facing Mumbai Indians, the team with Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard, meeting in the other finals qualifier.
In Barbados yesterday West Indies batsmen struggled in the second innings of their three-day warm up match against a Barbados Select XI.
They finished the day at 3Ws Oval on 113 for six with newly appointed captain Denesh Ramdin unbeaten on 21.
West Indies who are preparing to play New Zealand in three Tests starting next week in Jamaica, made 272 in their first innings with Darren Bravo scoring 124, then they bowled out the opposition for 143 with Marlon Samuels taking four wickets.
And Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was closing in on his sixth first class hundred while seamer Carlos Brathwaite nudged the senior selectors with another incisive display, as West Indies High Performance Centre took command of their four-day “Test” against Bangladesh A.
At the close on day two at the Windward Cricket Club, WI HPC were 170 for two in their second innings, an overall lead of 322.