Sandals U19 Cup: Central Castries/ Babonneau in Semifinal 2

Central Castries and Babonneau will lock horns with each other in the second semi-finals of the 2021 Sandals Under 19 Cricket Cup tomorrow (Sunday 20th ) at the Mindoo Phillip Park, from 10.00 a.m.

That match was slated to for last weekend (Sunday 13th) at the same venue but was called off due to a dump pitch caused by overnight showers.

Central Castries is the favourite to win that contest. While the team is talented, Babonneau is not without talent of its own. Captain Caleb Thomas is a talented batsman. He is ably supported by Stephan Abraham, and left hand spinner Amari Venner.

Caption: (L-R) Ackeem Auguste and Mc Kenny Clarke (Central Castries), Amari Venner (Babonneau). (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

The last time the two teams played each other was in the preliminary round at the De Barras playing field (Babonneau) on May 29th. Central Castries put on a batting display against Babonneau scoring the highest total ever scored in an Under 19 match in Saint Lucia, 446 all out in 49.2 overs.

In that match Keril Victor of Central Castries scored the first century of the tournament, 116.

Chasing 447 for victory, Babonneau was skittled all out for 151 runs in 29.4 overs with Stephen Abraham scoring 56.

The teams:

Central Castries will select their playing XI from – Ackeem Auguste, Keegan Arnold, Jayden Elibox, Mc Kenny Clarke, Keril Victor, Ephron Charles, Thai Harris, and Jaayxan Justin. Thai Harris, Desney Gidharry, Marvelle Cyril, Jewell Simon, Shaquan Epiphane, Jared Emmanuel. Head Coach – Keith Charlery, Team Manager – Tyrone Harris.

Babonneau will select their playing X1 from – Caleb Thomas (captain), Amari Venner, Mc Kale Nelson, Anslem Gittens, Brian Fulgence, Mc Kay Bridette, Seigo Auguste, Stephen Abraham, Tyler Venner, Denzel Fredrick, Aaron St. Clair, Vishal Singh, Joshua Cepal and Shar Mayers. Head Coach – John Eugene, Team Manager – Aloysius Sydney.

Sunday’s match will be third consecutive time the two teams will play each other in the semi-final round of the Sandals Under-19 Cup Tournament.

The winner will play the Saint Lucia Sports Academy (SLSA) in the finals slated for next weekend.

Meanwhile, in semifinal No.1, the SLSA cruised to an 8 wicket win when they defeated two times champions Gros Islet team 1 (2018 – 2019) on Sunday 13th June at the Gros Islet playing field.

Scores in the encounter: Gros Islet 111 all out in 36.1 overs, Ryan Goodman 40.

Bowling for SLSA, Keon Gaston 4 for 33 and Kevin Gassie 3 for 19.

SLSA 113 for 2 in 19.2 overs. Jahil Evans 38 not out and Kevin Gassie 30 not out.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

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