Penal’s Clarke Road yesterday became the last semifinalists for the University of the West Indies Trinidad Campus T-20 tournament, emerging with wins over fellow southerners Victoria United and Central Trinidad’s Comets in a three-match schedule played out between 10 am and 10 pm yesterday at the University’s St Augustine East Trinidad ground.
Clarke Road logged a 4-wicket win over Victoria with Latchana Ranga’s all-round performance landing him the Top Player Of The Match award.
And with rain ruining the Penal side match-up with Comets who also beat the Victorians, a bowl-off decided the outcome with Clarke Road’s Derone Davis and Mark Deyal both hitting the stumps for their team’s 2-nil bowl-off success.
Comets whose Kissoondath Magrath was Top player defeated Victoria by seven wickets, replying with 120 for 3 in 15.2 overs to Victoria’s 117 all out score.
Clarke Road advanced to face Moosai’s Sports on Friday from 6.30 pm and tomorrow it’s semifinal number one featuring MerryBoys against Club Crusoe (of Tobago.
In cricket action overseas, Day Two of the series-ending fourth Test between hosts Australia and India in Sydney closed with India on 71 for 1 in reply to Australia’s 572 for 7 declared.
Australia captain Steve Smith with 117 was scoring his fourth century in successive Tests to match Sir Donald Bradman and Jacques Kallis’s record of four hundreds in a series.
All of Australia’s top six batsmen passed 50 with opener David Warner scoring a century and Smith adding another.
Smith has scored 698 runs at an average of 139.60 in seven innings in the series.
Australia have already secured the series after winning the first two Tests in Adelaide and Brisbane and drawing the third in Melbourne.
And in New Zealand, New Zealand completed a fine comeback to beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs and win the two-Test series 2-0.
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling’s Test record sixth-wicket partnership on day four hauled the Kiwis back into the match, having trailed by 135 on first innings in Wellington.
Mark Craig took 4-53 as the hosts bowled out Sri Lanka for 196.
New Zealand have not lost a Test series since being beaten in England in May 2013.
Since then, the Kiwis have won in West Indies and India, beaten West Indies away and drawn against Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Resuming on 45-1 in pursuit of an improbable 390 for victory, Sri Lanka slipped to 110-5 by lunch, and New Zealand wrapped up victory with a session to spare.
The sides start a seven-match one-day series on 11 January in Christchurch.