By Sean Devers
An attractive unbeaten 51 from Shemar Yearwood and three wicket hauls from off-spinner Tathesh Shivrattan and leg-spinner Wayne Bollers powered host Malteenoes to a 61-run victory over GNIC, while a commanding 110 from Devon Allen helped TSC beat Better Hope by 53 runs at MYO in the final round of the GCA/ Tri State USA 50-over U-19 League.
At MSC, the top of zone clash began 120 minutes late due late preparation of the pitch with the contest being reduced to a 30-over affair as the host opted to bat first in steaming heat and on rough outfield.
Yearwood’s 51 took 50 balls and was decorated with five boundaries, but only Wayne McPherson (20) of the other batsmen reached 15 as MSC were limited to 156-5 although Yearwood and Ntini Permaul, unbeaten on nine from four balls which included the only six of the innings, added 50 runs in last four overs as Garfield Benjamin’s last two over cost 29 runs.
Tuen Hicks (13) added 32 for the first wicket with McPherson, while Jeremiah Scott, Shivrattan and Bollers each scored 12 runs.
When GNIC began their chase they seemed on their way to an easy victory with Orlando Jilal who scored a 32-ball 36 with six fours and Dwayne Dick,
whose 24 from 25 balls included two fours and six, raced to 70.
Pacer Scott produced one the left the right-handed Dick which he edged to the Keeper in ninth over before Jilal was removed by Shivrattan three runs later to trigger a dramatic collapse which saw GNIC crumbling for 73-1 to 95 all out in
21.2 overs as nobody else reached double
Shivrattan had 3-17 from six impressive overs, while Bollers (3-11) and Akeem Crithlow (2-5) bowled MSC into tomorrow’s semi-final against NY Tri State at Bourda.
In the other match at MYO, TSC led by a brilliant undefeated 110 from 61 balls with eight sixes and four fours from Allen, 26 from Alvin Mohabir, 18 from Adrian Hinds (18) and 12 from Reyad Latif, led TSC to 262 all out in 46.2 overs.
Mahendra Singh had 3-25, while Peter Jadunauth and Brant Jorden had two wickets each for Better Hope who were bowled out for 224.
Singh led the fight with nine fours in 66 and got support from Deonarine Narine 33, Steven Ramnarine 27 and Chandra Mohan 26 carried the East Coast side past the 200-run mark.
Mohabir took 3-24, while Akeem Clarke and Adrian Hinds had two wickets each.
TSC will play DCC in the other semi-final tomorrow at Everest with both games commencing at 09:30hrs.
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