The 2021 Sandals Under -19 Cup and Plate Divisions have reached the home stretch with the quarter and semifinals round this weekend at various venues around the island. The tournament is been organized by the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA).
In the quarterfinal all Castries derby, Central Castries takes on arch rivals South Castries at the Mindoo Phillip Park, while Saint Lucia Sports Academy (SLSA) takes on Choiseul at Piaye. Mon Repos will host Babonneau at the Wenn playing field, while Mabouya Valley takes on defending champions Gros Islet at the Gros Islet playing field.
Today in the Plate Division, Vieux Fort North versus Micoud at the Phillip Marcellin Ground with Gros Islet butting heads with Dennery at Balata.
In the another Plate Division, match tomorrow, Vieux Fort North versus Dennery at the Phillip Marcellin Ground and Gros Islet (ll) plays Laborie at Piaye.
In semifinal action tomorrow (Sunday 6th) in the Sandals Cup, Winner No.1 of the Central Castries/ South Castries plays Winner No.3 from the Mon Repos/ Babonneau encounter. Winner No. 2 (Saint Lucia Sports Academy/ Choiseul) plays Winner No. 4 (Mabouya Valley/ Gros Islet).
The venues for the semifinals have not been decided. All matches bowl off at 10.00 a.m.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, defending champions Gros Islet Under 19 (1) continued with their unbeaten run with a massive 263 run victory over Mon Repos Under 19 at the Gros Islet playing field.
Mon Repos won the toss and ask Gros Islet to take first knock. The northern lads were led by West Indies ICC Under-19 World Cup hopeful Udell Preville and captain Zidane Arthur, both of whom made half centuries. The team made a massive 363 for the loss of 7 wickets in their allocated 49 overs.
Preville who batted at No.6 top scored with a commanding knock of 91 not out which included 7 fours and 6 sixes while Arthur at No.3 scored a well played 85 with 7 fours. Other contributors with the bat, Khan Elcock 40, Bolton 34, Jehan Boodha 18 and Ryan Goodman 13.
Bowling for Mon Repos, Cody Fontinelle picked up 3 for 38 in 5 overs, Dichege Henry 2 for 80 in 9 overs and 1 wicket each to Rowan James and captain Shawnil Edward.
Chasing 364 for victory, Mon Repos was rooted out for exactly 100 in 15.2 overs despite a rain delay midway through their innings. For Mon Repos they main run scorers were, Quami Deshawn with 38, Dichege Henry 21, Nequanne Estaphane 18 and Sylvam James 12 not out.
Estaphane who is 15 years batted at No.9 and James who is 12 years old batted at No.10 put on a 30 runs partnership before the innings folded.
Bowling for Gros Islet, off spinner Lee John picked up a career best 7 for 43 in 7.2 overs and Jeandell Cyril 3 for 15 in 4 overs.
In other matches played on the same day.
At the Balata playing field, Central Castries defeated Mabouya Valley by 8 wickets. Mabouya won the toss and decided to bat and could only manage 87 runs.
For Mabouya Valley, the main scorers were Nean Deterville 14, Cleyanus S. Jules 12 and Zante Albertie 10. Extras 38.
Bowling for Central Castries, Keygan Arnold continue his good bowling form from where he left off against the Saint Lucia Sports Academy last weekend, picking up 6 for 6 and fast bowler McKenny Clarke 4 wickets for 21.
Requiring 88 for victory, Central Castries reached their target for the loss of Keril Victor 9 and Ephron Charles 2 in 11.4 overs. Desney Gidharry top scored with 36 not out and Ackeem Auguste not out 16.
At Des Barras in Babonneau, the Saint Lucia Sports Academy (SLSA) defeated the home team Babonneau by 29 runs. The SLSA batting first scored 163 run all out in 33.4 overs. Captain Tarrique Edwards leading from the front with a well-played 51 runs. Other contributors with the bat Royce Paul 16, Jahil Evans 12 and Keon Gaston 12.
Bowling for Babonneau, Amari Venner picked up 3 wickets, Caleb Thomas and Mc Kale Nelson 2 wickets each and Anslem Gittens and Brian Fulgence 1 wicket each.
Chasing 164 for victory, Babonneau lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 134 in 33 overs. Seigo Auguste 48 and Stephen Abraham 22 were the only batsmen to get into double figures.
Bowling for the SLSA, Tarrique Edward took 4 wickets, Kevin Gassie 3 wickets and Royce Paul 2 wickets, the main destroyers.
At the Mindoo Phillip Park, South Castries defeated Choiseul by 1 wicket in a rain interrupted encounter.
South Castries won the toss and opted to bowl first. Batting for Choiseul Niege Eugene and Stephan Theophane both scored 24, Jude Joseph and Ed Cooper chipped in with 15 each.
Bowling for South Castries Ian Alexander picked 4 wickets, Aaron Joseph and Shorus Alfred 2 each and 1 to Devonte Joseph.
South Castries was able to get to their target of 148 for the loss of 9 wickets in 37 overs. Eddy Sydney 34, Hannick Hippolyte 18, Aaron Joseph 13. Extras 51.
Bowling for Choiseul, Stephan Theophane and Sky Lafeuille with 2 wickets each, and 1 wicket to Jude Joseph, Shervon Brown and Jamal Lawrence
In the Plate Division, at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds, Vieux Fort North (VFN) defeated Laborie by 165 runs. Batting first VFN scored 212 for the loss of 9 wickets in 41 overs. Kamani Laure 41, Kahlil St Hill 34. Other contributors with the bat Jim Peter, Noah Piltie, Kenaz Joseph each scoring 18 runs.
Bowling for Laborie, Jordan Emmanuel 4 for 30 in 10 overs and Cody Blanchard 3 for 49 in 8 overs.
In reply, Laborie was skittle out for 47 in 17.1 overs. Nicholas Francois was the only batsman to reach double figures, he made 11.
Bowling for Vieux Fort North David Naitram bagged 4 for 13 in 4 overs, West Indies ICC World Cup hopeful for 2020 Tyran Theodore bagged 3 for 13 in 5 overs, Hansie Mason 2 for 4 in 3 overs and 1 wicket to Noah Piltie.