WEATHER permitting, the hard hitting will continue this weekend with four exciting matches in the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) T10 Blast currently being played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Beausejour, Gros Islet.
This year’s tournament is being played under strict Covid-19 protocols; no crowd allowed.
Today, from 12.30 p.m. Match No. 17, defending champions South Castries Lions (SCL) takes on Vieux Fort North Raiders (VFNR). The Johnson Charles led SCL loss their opening game to Micoud Eagles captained by Daren Sammy and will want to pull all stops against VFNR who defeated last year’s semifinalist Central Castries by 7 wickets on Tuesday.
The South Castries team: Noelle Leo, Johnson Charles, Collinus Callendar, Daniel Baptiste, Aaron Joseph, Xavier Gabriel, Nixon Edmund, Wade Clovis, Wendell Inglis, Avalinus Callendar, Kemrol Charles, Shervon Leo and Rumario Simmons.
Vieux Fort North Raiders squad: Junior Peter, Chris Pamphile, Shawn Auguste, Tariq Gabriel, Al Prince, Kurt Edward, Ernell Sextius, Joshua Mann, Curtly Johnny, David Naitram, Shawn Straker and Ricky Hippolyte.
In the day’s second encounter scheduled for 2.30 p.m., Central Castries Mindoo Heritage will want nothing less than a win when they play Mabouya Constrictior.
Central Castries Squad: Stephen Naitram, Gaspard Prospere, Dwight Thomas, Ephron Charles, Mc Kenny Clarke, Tyler Sookwa, Alleyn Prospere, Jaden Elibox, Dillon John, Sanjay Hayle, Jemmi Mauricette, Keygan Arnold, Rahym Joseph and Kyle Adonis.
Mabouya Constrictior Team: Mitchel Louisy, Orey Changoo, Dale Smith, Leon Polius, Rick Smith, Zachary Edmund, Chard Polius, Lennice Modeste, Murgaran Shoulette, Christian Ange, Shem Severin, Nean Deterville, Maius Stanislaus.
Tomorrow, (Sunday 9th) from 12.30 p.m. Gros Islet Cannon Blasters versus Babonneau Leatherbacks and at 2.30 p.m. Mon Repos Stars versus Choiseul Clay Pots.
On Monday 10th, from 12.30 p.m. Mon Repos Stars versus Soufriere Sulphur City Boys, while at 2.30 p.m. Vieux Fort North Raiders plays Micoud Eagles.
On Tuesday 11th, Match from 12.30 p.m. it’s a western derby when Soufriere Sulphur City Boys take on Choiseul Clay Pots, and at 2.30 p.m. South Castries Lions will fancy their chances against Mabouya Constrictior (Match 24).
On Thursday 6th, in Match No.14, Mabouya Constrictior (MC) bounced back following their first match defeat at the hands of Micoud Eagles on Wednesday to defeat Vieux Fort North Raiders (VFNR) by 37 runs.
Scores: MC 83 for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 10 overs. Murgarun Shoulette top scored with fiery 47 from 20 deliveries which included 2 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 235.00 and Chad Polius 14, the main contributors with the bat.
Bowling for VFNR, Tariq Gabriel 2 for 18, Joshua Mann 1 for 10 and Al Prince 1 for 29.
Chasing down 84 for victory, VFNR reach 46 for 5 in their allotted 10 overs with Kurt Edward 16 and Shawn Starker 11 not out.
Bowling for MC, Zachary Edmund 2 for 17, while Christian Ange, Lennice Modeste and Murgarun Shoulette took 1 wicket each.
In the first encounter, Choiseul Clay Pots (CCP) made amends following their defeat against Gros Islet Cannon Blasters by 5 wickets in a rain affected match to defeat Babonneau Leatherbacks (BL) by 8 wickets.
CCP won the toss and elected to field, restricting BL to 74 for in their allotted 10 overs. Thomas Celeb 16, Shevon Joseph 16, Joseph Alex 10 and Qwaine Henry 13 not out.
Bowling for CCP, Audy Alexander 2 for 10, Bronte Bess 1 for 6, and Clem St. Rose 1 for 19.
Requiring 75 for victory, CCP raced to their winning target for the loss of Junior Henry, who was caught by Antoine Zayee off the bowling of Thomas Caleb for a well-played 34 with the score on 45 after 2.5 overs. Coming in at No.3, Jason Simon did not last too long as he was the next man out, caught and bowl Stuart Calderon for 2 to make it 57 for the loss of two wickets after 4.2 overs. Other contributors with the bat were Audy Alexander 23 and Vince Smith 10 not out respectively, the pair added 18 runs to see CCP collect their first point in the tournament.
Bowling for BL, Stuart Calderon 1 for 9 and Thomas Caleb 1 for 23.
On Wednesday 5th, at 2.30 p.m. Mon Repos Stars (MRS) versus Gros Islet Cannon Blasters (GICB). Scores: MRS 97 for 4 (10 overs). In reply, GICB 91 for 6 (10 overs).
Match No. 11, played at 12.30 p.m. Mabouya Constrictior (MC) versus Micoud Eagles (ME). Micoud Eagles won by 8 wickets. Scores: Mabouya Constrictior 67 for 3 (10); Micoud Eagles 68 for 2 (6 overs).
On Tuesday 4th, in the second encounter at 2.30 p.m., Babonneau Leatherbacks (BL) versus Soufriere Sulphur City Stars (SSCS). BL 101 for 2 in (10 overs). Chasing 102 for victory, SSCS fell short of their target by 11 runs, scoring 90 for 8 in their allotted 10 overs.
Also on the same day, at 12.30 p.m. Central Castries Mindoo Heritage (CCMH) versus Vieux Fort North Raiders (VFNR), the latter won by 7 wickets. Scores: Central Castries 82 for 7 in their allotted 10 overs. In reply VFNR 83 for 3 in 6.3 overs.