THE battle lines has been drawn and there are no room for errors as it’s the home stretch in the inaugural Saint Lucia National Cricket Association, Sandals Cup, sponsored by the Hotel Chain, Sandals Saint Lucia as the top four team will battle it out for a final spot.
Today, at the Gros Islet playing field, Babonneau will take on a resurging South Castries team in what is expected to be a keenly contested matchup.
Tomorrow, at the same venue, the arch rivalry continues between Gros Islet and Central Castries in what is expected to be a mouthwatering affair.
The last time the two met, Gros Islet won by 10 wickets; scores in the match, Central Castries all-out 83, Gros Islet in reply 87 for 0.
Both matches bowl off at 10:00a.m.
Meanwhile, at the Gros Islet playing field, home team Gros Islet totally outplayed Vieux Fort to book their ticket into the semi-final round with a massive 380 run win. The biggest margin of victory in an under-19 limited over match played in Saint Lucia.
Batting first Gros Islet U19s led by centuries from West Indies U16 player Garvin Serieux and Windward Islands U19 batsman Dane Edward, West Indies U19 opening batsman Kimani Melius made massive 451 for the loss of 5 wickets in 38 overs, 7 overs short of their allotted 45 overs at the 2:30p.m cut off time for the lunch time break.
Garvin Serieux batting at No. 5 top scored with an entertaining 132 not out with 16 fours and 5 sixes, opening batsman Dane Edward 103 which included 12 fours and 6 sixes after he was dropped twice early in his innings, Kimani Melius 92 with 14 fours and 3 sixes also survive three chances, Tyrel Chicot a breathtaking 47 and Stavone Gabriel a quick firing 21 not out.
No. 3 batsman Jard Goodman did not trouble the scorers, he was LBW off the bowling of Dyondre Taylor for 0, 208 for 2, while Lee Salomon batting at No.4 was run out for 0 with the score on 214 for 3.
Bowling for Vieux Fort North, Dyondre Taylor picked up 3 for 77 in 8 overs and Jermain Harding bagged 1 for 66 in 9 overs.
Needing 452 for victory, Vieux Fort North was soon bowled out for 71 in 18.1 overs.
Bradley Fannis 19 caught off the bowling of Simeon Gerson and Nick Andrew 10 LBW Stavone Gabriel were the only batsmen to reach double figures. Extras were the second highest score -15 wides.
Other scores – QuaniDeshong bowled Tyrel Chicot 0, Dyondre Taylor bowled Tyrel Chicot 0, Curtly Johnny bowled Tyrel Chicot 8, Jermain Harding LBW Tyrel Chicot 1, David Naitrum caught off the bowling of Tyrel Chicot for 1, Ray Joseph bowled Tyrel Chicot 0, Tyran Theodore bowled UdelPreville 4, ChrislonFannis caught off the bowling of UdelPreville for 1; while GokulRejandiran remained not out 4.
Bowling for Gros Islet right arm seamer Tyrel Chicot picked up a career best 6 for 37 in 6 overs, off spinner UdelPreville bagged 2 for 5 in 3.1 overs, Simeon Gerson had 1 for 8 in 4 overs and seamer Stavone Gabriel took 1 for 13 in 5 overs.
In other quarterfinals matches – At the Wenn Playing Field in Mon Repos, Central Castries defeated Mon Repos by 33 runs.
Central Castries: 146 Rahyn Joseph 28, Johnnel Eugene 27, Kyghan Arnold 21.
Bowling for Mon Repos Michael Estephane picked up 3 for 33
In reply, the home team could only muster 113 with Dechege Henry top scoring with 20.
Bowling for Central Castries, Sanjay Hayle bagged 3 for 28.
At the Mindoo Phillip Park, South Castries defeated Choiseul by 5 wickets.
Batting first, Choiseul scored 156 with Kimbert Edward falling 1 short of his half century, he made 49, and Jim Peter 22.
Bowling for South Castries, Noelle Leo took 3 for 17; Leary Auguste bagged 2 for 30, Emerson Charles 2 for 20, Marlon Paul 2 for 13.
Needing 157 for victory, South Castries reached their target for the loss of two wickets with Emerson Charles 49 not out and AlvinusCallendar chipped in with a well-played 38.
Bowling for Choiseul, Jervon picked up 2 for 16.
The scores in the game between Soufriere and Babonneau were not fourth coming up to press time, but reports reaching The VOICE has indicated Babonneau has booked the final semi-final spot.