Bridgetown, Barbados, October 19 - (www.bcacricket.org) - BWU Gadiola, Sagicor Life UWI ‘A’, Wanderers and defending champions Carlton have advanced to the semi-finals of the BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup Championship.
In the quarter-finals on October 17, Gladiola beat Spartan by five runs at Rices, UWI ‘A’ defeated Wildey by four wickets at 3Ws Oval, Wanderers crushed Empire by nine wickets at Dayrells Road and Carlton beat Bayview Hospital YMPC by 30 runs at Kensington Oval.
The semi-finals on October 24 with the venues to be determined, are: Gladiola v UWI ‘A’; Wanderers v Carlton.
Gladiola held their nerves at crucial stages to overcome Spartan.
Chasing 138 to win and needing 35 off the last five overs with four wickets in hand, Spartan were restricted to 132 for six.
Ten runs were required off the last over from left-arm spinner Damario Goodman with captain Chad Williams and wicket-keeper Tauron Gibson at the crease, but they managed only four.
Williams topscored with an unbeaten 32 off 31 balls including three fours and one three, while Gibson scored 11 not out off 16 balls.
Rico Webb lashed 24 off 17 balls with four fours and two threes at No. 5.
Off-spinner Jamar Trotman took two for 13 off four consecutive overs after sharing the new ball with former West Indies fast bowler Miguel Cummins.
Trotman’s victims were opener Rashidi Boucher (four) and Marrodon Bend (two) - both edging catches to wicket-keeper Martin Nurse. Boucher fell with the score 15 in the second over of the innings and Bend’s dismissal in the eighth over left the score 44 for three.
In between, West Indies Test batsman Shamarh Brooks was run out for 12 off 17 balls with the score 41 in the sixth over after backing up too far as Korie Miller’s direct throw from mid-on hit the stumps at the southern end.
Sent in, Gladiola owed a fighting total of 137 for nine mainly to a fifth wicket partnership of 79 in 11.3 overs between Renaldo Brathwaite and Haydn Walsh Jr.
The pair came together in the fourth over with the score 22 for four after pacer Stefon King had grabbed three scalps - Kodie Phillips and Martin Nurse, both without scoring off successive balls in the second over of the match, and Ashley Nurse (four).
Brathwaite, who went to the crease at No. 5, hit the topscore of 52 off 50 balls with six threes and four fours, while Walsh made 36 off 33 deliveries including two threes and three fours.
Both were bowled by left-arm spinner Williams, who took four for 21 off four overs. King picked up three for 22 and pacer Renico Alleyne, two for 23.
An unbroken partnership of 44 in 6.4 overs between Jonathan Carter and Romario Greaves carried UWI ‘A’ to a four-wicket win with five balls remaining.
Chasing 109 for victory, UWI ‘A’ were 68 six after 12.3 overs when Greaves joined Carter.
Left-hander Carter led the way with an unbeaten 48 off 42 balls containing two fours and three sixes, while Greaves, who represented Wildey as recently as last season, made 22 not out off 24 balls.
Opener Kyle Corbin scored 24 off 22 balls with two fours and two sixes.
Left-arm spinner Steve Pinder took four for 11 off four overs.
Wildey made 108 for seven off 20 overs after losing the toss.
Akeem Jordan scored 24 off 14 balls with three sixes at No. 6.
Left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop took two for 14, off-spinner Greaves, two for 24 and pacer Matthew Forde, two for 25 - all off four overs.
Led by an opening partnership of 95 in 10.1 overs between captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Shayne Moseley, Wanderers cruised to a nine-wicket victory.
Set 124 to win in 20 overs, the home team triumphed with 4.4 overs to spare.
Playing his first match since the second series because of a hand injury, left-hander Moseley topscored with 56 off 42 balls including seven fours and two sixes.
Bratwaite was unbeaten on 41 off 32 balls with six fours and Raymon Reifer made 23 not out off 19 balls containing four boundaries.
Brathwaite, Moseley and Reifer will all be travelling with the West Indies team to New Zealand soon for a two-match Test tour. Moseley and Reifer are among six reserves.
Empire scored 123 for eight after winning the toss.
Kevin Stoute made 39 off 38 balls with five fours at No. 4.
Captain Justin Greaves contributed 29, Kofie Hurdle (27) and Andre Roach (20).
Greaves and Hurdle put on 50 in 6.3 overs for the second wicket.
Left-arm medium-pacer Reifer took three for 11 and pacer Jair McAllister, two for 15 - both off three overs.
Carlton turned back the challenge of YMPC by 30 runs.
After losing the toss, Carlton scored 137 for five off 20 overs.
Marlon Welcome-Goodman led the way with 37 off 44 balls at No. 4, while fellow left-hander Dominic Drakes made 24 not out.
Captain and medium-pacer Dwayne Smith took two for 14 to end the Tournament with 16 wickets, while former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards picked up two for 35.
YMPC were bowled out for 107 in 19.1 overs.
Kemal Smith scored 26 and Edwards, 20.
Medium-pacer Kyle Mayers, who is in the West Indies touring team for the forthcoming three-match T20 series against New Zealand, took three for 10 and fast bowler Keon Harding, two for 10.