CENTRAL Castries, Soufriere and South Castries have booked their tickets to the semifinal round of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association 50 Overs Tournament with wins over Choiseul and Gros Islet this past weekend.
At the Mindoo Phillip Park, Central Castries defeated Choiseul by three wickets in a game reduced to 45 overs.
Batting first Choiseul made 168 in 35.2 overs with Bronte Best top scoring with 64. Other contributions with the bat came from Jason Simon (20); Nick Joseph (16), Alvinus Simon (11) and Valange St Ange (10).
Fall of wickets: 1-5,2-27, 3-50, 4-73, 5-73, 6-75, 7-82, 8-142, 9-166, 10-168. Extras 36.
Bowling for Central Castries, Tyler Sookwa picked up 3 for 24 in 6 overs, Johnnel Eugene bagged 3 for 26 in 9 overs, Dillan John took 3 for 28 in 9 overs and Jaden Elibox 1 for 31 in 5.2 overs.
Chasing 169 for victory, Central Castries reached 171 for the loss of 7 wickets with Stephen Naitram scoring 30; Keddy Lesporis 29, Mateo Boulogne 30, Johnnel Eugene 21, Rahym Joseph 20 and Jaden Elibox 7 not out.
Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-78, 3-128, 4-129, 5-138, 6-143, 7-145. Extras 22.
Bowling for Choiseul, Valange St Ange bagged 4 for 28 in 8 overs, Quincy St Rose 2 for 21 in 6 overs and Alvinus Simon 1 for 28.
Meanwhile, at the Piaye Playing Field, Soufriere defeated Gros Islet by four wickets in a game reduced to 35 overs.
Batting first Gros Islet scored 154 in 26.5 overs, with Tarryck Gabriel scoring 67 which included 7 fours and 5 sixes. Other contributions with the bat came from Kurt Edward with 36 and Larry Edward 12.
Bowling for Soufriere, Shani Mesmain 4 for 35 in 5.5 overs, Canis Richardson 3 for 25 in 5 overs, Bradley Tisson 2 for 7 in 3 overs with one wicket going to Sanjay Pamphile.
Requiring 155 for victory, Soufriere reached 81 in 12 overs before the first wicket fell. They then lost wickets at crucial points and soon found themselves struggling on 127 for the loss of 6 wickets, before Shani Mesmain and DaliusMonrose put on a 28 run partnership to get them over the line. Canis Richardson top scored with 53, TenacyHippolyte 38 and Shani Mesmain and DaliusMonrose made 14 and 13 respectively.
Bowling for Gros Islet, Tarryck Gabriel picked up 3 for 51 in 7 overs, Larry Edward 2 for 19 in 7 overs with one wicket going to Simeon Gerson.
In the other quarter final match played on Sunday 9th, in Piaye, South Castries defeated Vieux Fort by 10 wickets.
The match between Mon Repos and Babonneau was not played due to a wet pitch and has been rescheduled to this Saturday 15th June at the Mindoo Phillip Park (MPP) from 10:00 a.m.
The semifinal is scheduled for Thursday 20th June.
At the Mindoo Phillip Park, Central Castries plays against South Castries, and at the Piaye Playing Field (PPF), Soufriere takes on the winner of the Mon Repos/Babonneau encounter.