The four top teams in the 2016 National Lottery Authority/Grenada Cricket Association (NLA/GCA) T 20 (3) has been decided, however who makes it to the big finals will depend on this weekend’s semi-final showdown at the Progress Park in St Andrew’s.
The top four teams, defending champion Idlers, Police, Craven United and newcomer West Point all secured their places in the semi-final stage of the competition after getting past their respective opponents in quarter final matches played last weekend at the Progress Park in St Andrews.
In the opening quarterfinal match played on Saturday, defending champion Idlers humiliated neighbours Munich Invaders winning by seven wickets.
Batting first Munich posted a decent 133 for 9 from their allotted 20 overs. Kyran Andall and Aaron St Hillarie led with the bat scoring 31 and 21 respectively; Denis George was again at his peak capturing 5 for 21 bowling for Idlers.
Idlers in pursuit of 134 for victory appeared to be in some spot of bother losing three early wickets, however Marlon Henry 44 not out and Denis Smith 39 not out steadied the course and swayed their team to victory in 17.5 overs. Derren Nedd was the best bowler for Munich capturing 2 for 16.
In the second game played on Saturday, West Point secured their semi-final spot with a 12 run victory over Newim Upsetters.
West Point batted first and scored 140 for 9 from their allotted 20 overs, Garvin Robert 39 and Nelon Francios 27 were the leading scorers for West Point, while Mario Watson led with the ball for Upsetters.
In response Upsetters were bundled out for 128 in 17.5 overs. Cyprian Forsythe and Branson Johnson 38 and 21 respectively were not sufficient to get past their victory total. Troy George 5 for 19 and Casimir Thomas 2 for 16 did the damage for West Point.
In matches played on Sunday the lawmen ended Tivoli Cricket Club’s impressive run this season with an emphatic 8-wicket victory, with more than 5 overs remaining.
Batting first Tivoli registered166 for 8 in 20 overs, opener Damina La Pompe led the charge with an impressive 45, Kerry Phillip 29 assisted him. Garfield Charles bowling for police was impressive with the ball capturing 4 for 11.
Police in response had 168 for 2 in 14.5 overs Josh Noel 85 not out and Lindon Lawrence 52 led the batting charge for the lawmen.
In the final game played on Sunday, Craven United defeated BB’s Tornadoes Pearls Progressive by 8 wickets.
Batting first Pearls Progressive scored 107 for 9 from 20 overs, Daniel Mc Donald 23 was the only batsman getting into double figures.
Michael Fraser 3 for 8, Todd Roberts 2 for 12 and John Olive 2 for 20 proved way too much for the Pearls batsman.
Craven batsmen, going after what turned out to be a simple run chase cruised to victory achieving their target of 108 for 2 in just 12 overs; Roland Ettienne 36 and John Olive 26.
Meanwhile in the semi-final showdown this weekend, game one will feature defending champion Idlers versus Craven United and in game two Police versus West Point.