My son Kyle is not a normal boy. This week he took up a teddy bear and hugged it, then brought it to me and ordered, “Hug.”
Defending 50-over National Sunday League champions Queen’s Park, will face an inconsistent Moosai team today in a quarterfinal day/night clash at the Endeavour Ground, Chaguanas.
Queen’s Park has been on a roll this season, winning all five of its group matches to qualify for the knockout stage as the top team in group A.
The Queen’s Park batsmen have shown some form this season, as Adrian Barath, Jonathan Augustus and captain Justin Guillen have all contributed valuable scores to the team.
Moosai has had a mixed year, losing three and winning two of its group matches in group B to qualify as the fourth placed team.
In the last round, Moosai defeated Preysal by six wickets to book a quarterfinal spot. Vikash Mohan and Nicholas Alexis led Moosai to the victory, grabbing 3/14 and scoring 47 respectively.
In another match, current UWI T20 champions Merry Boys will play Clarke Road. Merry Boys got past Munroe Road by five wickets in the UWI final in January to lift the title.
Merry Boys spin bowler Ricky Jaipaul has caused problems for batsmen in the tournament. Against Caldrac in round one, Jaipaul grabbed 4/17 to lead his team to a nine-wicket win. In the last round, Jaipaul snatched four wickets again (4/19) to give Merry Boys a seven-wicket victory.
Clarke Road has been inconsistent in the batting department. Against Moosai, Clarke Road posted 269/6 batting first in a 49-run win, but in the last round could only muster 132 against Powergen in a 140-run loss.
Newly promoted Jenexcon Tableland has been the surprise package in the competition, winning four of its five matches to top group B. Aggressive national player Evin Lewis has boosted Tableland’s chances in the competition.
Tableland will tackle Bamboo at the Powergen ground.
In the last quarterfinal match, defending two-day champions Powergen will play Caldrac. Caldrac will hope to continue its current form, as it won the last two matches of the group stage. Caldrac got past Bamboo and Munroe Road by six wickets in the last two matches of the group stage to confirm a quarterfinal spot.
All mathces bowl off at 2.30 pm.
QPCC VS Moosai at Endeavour
Merry Boys vs FCB Clarke Road at Calcutta
Powergen vs Caldrac Club at Diamond
Jenexcon Tableland vs Seenath’s Auto Bamboo at Powergen
Final Group Standings
Team P W L Pts
QPCC 5 5 0 15
Merry Boys 5 3 2 9
Caldrac 5 3 2 9
Bamboo 5 2 3 6
Munroe Rd 5 2 3 6
Esmeralda 5 0 5 0
Team P W L Pts
Tableland 5 4 1 12
Powergen 5 4 1 12
Clarke Rd 5 3 2 9
Moosai 5 2 3 6
Preysal 5 1 4 3
Comets 5 1 4 3