Bridgetown, Barbados, October 24 - (www.bcacricket.org) - BWU Gladiola and Wanderers will clash in the Final of the BCA Elite/Division 1 Twenty20 Cup Championship at Kensington Oval on November 14.
In the semi-finals, Gladiola beat record five-time champions Sagicor Life UWI ‘A’ by 14 runs at Rices and Wanderers defeated last year’s winners Carlton by three wickets at Dayrells Road.
It will be only the second Final for both teams.
Gladiola, then known as Cable & Wireless, were beaten by Maple by four runs at Weymouth in the inaugural year in 2008, while Wanderers lost by eight wickets to Spartan in 2014 at Kensington.
Spinners Damario Goodman and Ashley Nurse shared five wickets in triggering a collapse, which spurred Gladiola to victory with 11 balls remaining.
Chasing 145, UWI ‘A’ were bowled out for 130 in 18.1 overs.
They recovered from nine for two by the second over by way of a third wicket partnership of 48 in 6.3 overs between Barbados Pride players, Tevyn Walcott and Jonathan Carter.
But the dismissal of Walcott for 34 off 21 balls including five threes and two fours, bowled by off-spinner Nurse as he essayed a pull, led to a slump as six wickets fell for 46 runs in 6.5 overs.
Nurse struck again in his next over when left-hander Carter was brilliantly caught on the second attempt on the midwicket boundary by Renaldo Brathwaite for 21 off 29 deliveries.
Left-arm spinner Goodman then picked up the next three wickets.
Captain Nicholas Kirton (five) was caught at long-off by Kadeem Alleyne in the over following Carter’s dismissal, Matthew Forde was leg before wicket for seven as he swung across off the second ball of the 13th over and four balls later, Joshua Bishop was caught at long-off by Miguel Cummins for six.
A run out of Romario Greaves for four left the score 103 for eight in the 15th over but Akeem Dewar counter-attacked and dominated a stand of 26 in 2.5 overs with Michail Powell.
Dewar slammed 30 off 20 balls with four threes and two fours before, swinging across, he was leg before wicket by medium-pacer Korie Miller.
Gladiola were soon celebrating after Kalvin Marcus was run out for a ‘duck’ by a throw from deep midwicket by Brathwaite to bowler Alleyne as he tried to complete a second run, leaving Powell not out on three.
Earlier, Leniko Boucher was caught at extra-cover by Martin Nurse off fast bowler Cummins for eight off the fourth ball of the innings and then Kyle Corbin was caught just inside the long-off boundary by Alleyne off off-spinner Jamar Trotman without scoring.
Goodman took three for 25 and Ashley Nurse, two for 18 - both off four overs.
Sent in, Gladiola made 144 for six.
They were given a brisk start by Alleyne, who scored 29 off 14 balls with five threes and two fours in a first wicket partnership of 46 in only 3.3 overs with Shem Watson.
At the halfway stage the score was 81 for one.
Former Barbados player Martin Nurse hit the topscore of 35 off 32 balls including four threes and two fours at No. 3.
Watson scored 17, Brathwaite and skipper Javon Searles 15 and Ashley Nurse, 14.
Pacer Powell took two for 33 off three overs.
Kirk Edwards played a key role with both ball and bat for Wanderers as fortunes fluctuated.
Edwards, a former Barbados captain and West Indies batsman, took four for 13 off three overs of medium-pace after coming on as the last of seven bowlers in a Carlton total of 165 all out off 20 overs after they were sent in.
Among his scalps was left-hander Marlon Welcome-Goodman, who topscored with 66 off 55 balls including ten fours and one six at No. 4 before he was last dismissed.
Shamar Springer and Nyeem Young both scored 23 and Dominic Drakes, 13.
Pacer Jair McAllister took two for 27 off four overs.
Wanderers lost openers Ryshon Williams (five) and Jason Greene (three) to be 15 for two by the third over, but recovered by way of a 48-run third wicket stand in 3.5 overs between Jonathan Drakes and Roshon Primus.
Primus scored 23 off 14 balls with four fours and one six and Drakes made 26, also off 14 deliveries including four fours and one six as well before both fell in quick succession to fast bowler Keon Harding.
Pacer Young accounted for skipper Diego Stuart (six) to make it 104 for five in the 13th over.
Edwards contributed 34 off 28 balls with three fours and one six. His dismissal, caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Matthew Jones, left the score 112 for six in the 14th over.
A partnership of 22 in 2.5 overs between Ian Boyce and Nikolai Charles revived Wanderers’ hopes before Young removed Charles for 11.
But Boyce and wicket-keeper Sylvester Moore featured in an unbroken stand of 32 in just 2.3 overs to bring joy for Wanderers with eight balls to spare.
Boyce was unbeaten on 34 off 21 balls with three fours and one six, while Moore made 10 not out off six deliveries.
Harding took two for 25 off 3.4 overs and Young, two for 42 off four overs.