WEATHER permitting, the long-awaited Saint Lucia National Cricket Association Division 1 Final is expected to bowl off today at the MPP from 10:00 a.m.
The two-day final is a repeat of last year’s between neighbours Central and South Castries.
Some of the Central Castries players were part of the victorious Avatar City Blasters franchise team which won the inaugural Saint Lucia Premier League T20 competition which concluded on Sunday, October 1. The South Castries Lions will be without inspirational captain Daren Sammy, who is unavailable due to an overseas commitment.
The two teams will be looking to get the better of each other as last year they had to share the title following the interference of the weather. Despite the fact that the Central Castries team being currently on a high, the South Castries team will be mindful of the fact that they have been champions in five of the last 6 seasons, including the shared championship last year.
The squads for this weekend showdown are:
South Castries line-up: Johnson Charles, (captain) Tonius Simon, Mervin Wells, Alex Antoine, Dwight Thomas, Kervon Lewis, Wendell Inglis, Kester Charlemagne, Xavier Gabriel, Daniel Jn. Baptiste, Nixon Edmund, CollinusCallendar, SwaylanAuguste, Malcolm Monrose and Bradley Giddings.
Central Castries line-up: Jamaal James (captain), Tarryck Gabriel, KeddyLesporis, Hubert Joseph ,Gaspard Prospere, Stephen Naitram, Johnnel Eugene, AlleynProspere, LoicProspere, Dillan John, JemmiMauricette, Ked Cadasse, Rahym Joseph, Sanjay Hayle, Marlon Remy, Nick Elibox and Jermain Harding.
Meanwhile, despite placing fourth at the recently-concluded SPL T20 competition, Micoud Trail Blazers copped three individual awards at the presentation of awards following the final, while City Blasters copped 1.
The full list of awards presented reads: Most Runs — Shervin Charles (Micoud Trail Blazers) 145; Most Wickets — Alleyene Prosper (Avatar City Blasters) 9; Best Catch — Rohan Lesmond (Micoud Trail Blazers); Tournament MVP — Shervin Charles (Micoud Trail Blazers).
The winning team received $20,000, second place gets $10,000, third place $6,000, and fourth place $3,000.