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Barrington stars for Comets in TTCB T20
Premiership league champions, Alescon Comets sounded a warning to all the other teams in the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) T20 tournament when they easily took care of Merryboys in the quarterfinals at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Monday night.
They chased down a tricky 144 to win by five wickets and book a place in the semifinals.
After Merryboys had posted 143 for five wickets in their 20 overs, Comets replied with 144, also for the loss of five wickets but in 17.4 overs.
Comets owed their success to the brilliant batting of opener Shemroy Barrington who stroked 67 off 40 balls with 12 boundaries, and an undefeated 44 by Stephen Katwaroo studded with six boundaries and a six.
The pair rescued Comets from the perilous position of 96 for five, after losing four wickets in the space of five runs, as Ricky Jaipaul (three for 28) and Atiba Allert (two for 26) gave Merryboys a sniff of a swift victory.
But when Roshon Primus was sent back to the pavilion, Katwaroo used his experience and with the support of Brandon Ramlal (15 not out) they staged a 48-run partnership for the sixth wicket which took Comets to victory.
Earlier, Amir Jangoo and Leonardo Julien made a brisk start for Merryboys as they posted a half century stand in quick time.
However, the run out of Jangoo for 50 slowed the momentum and Merryboys only muster 143 for five after they threatened much more.
Merryboys 143/5 (20) (Amir Jangoo 50) vs Alescon Comets 144/5 (17.4) (Shemroy Barrington 67, Stephen Katwaroo 44, Brandon Ramlal 15no, Ricky Jaipaul 3/28, Atiba allert 2/26) - Comets won by 5 wkts.
Central Sports wins thriller
Chasing 128 runs for victory Central Sports made a meal of the target winning with one wicket in hand and three balls to spare last evening. Victoria bowlers were on spot and made their target look much more than it really was at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba. They lost four quick wickets with just 24 runs on the board and Victoria was in control of the contest.
However, import Keddy Lesporis showed up and he changed the course of the game with an attacking knock of 61 off 46 balls with comprised six fours and two sixes. He was dismissed just before the end and the game which took another swing. Central Sports lost wickets in clusters and in the end was left with just one wicket to get 10 runs. They got home to book their place in the semi-finals which starts on Friday.
Earlier, Victoria batted first and got off to a flying start thanks to Marcelle Jones and Andre Bryce. The pair posted 37 runs in quick time before Bryce lost his wicket for 21 runs scored off 16 balls with one six and three fours. At the fall of this wicket, Central Sports got back into the contest through bowler Alex Antoine. The Windward Islands player snared four wickets for 21 runs.
Meanwhile, Jones batted well and scored 42 off 45 balls which included a six and four fours. Victoria skipper Sherwin Ganga chipped in with a run-a-ball 27. In addition to Antoine, Barbadian Kyle Myers took two for 12 and Vishan Jaggessar two for 17.
Victoria United 127/9 (20) (Marcelle Jones 42, Sherwin Ganga 27, Andre Bryce 21, Kyle Mayers 2/12, Alex Antoine 4/21, Veshan Jaggessar 2/17) vs Central Sports 128/9 (19.3) (Keddy Lesporis 61, Andre Bryce 3/25, Farrell Jugmohan 2/28, Sherwin Ganga 2/24) - Central Sports won by one wicket.
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