The Barbados Defence Force and Combermere School will clash on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Pine Basin, St Michael, in the second semifinal of the BCA/Sagicor General Shield 40-over cricket tournament.
Both are bidding for a place in the final and an appointment with Rocklyn Hardware Isolation Cavaliers who secured their place last week with a five-wicket win over Psychiatric Hospital.
The Cavaliers scored 126 for 5, off 29.5 overs, after dismissing last year’s losing finalists Psychiatric Hospital for 125 in 32.2 overs.
Combermere, who defeated Conrad Hunte Club in the quarter-finals and have been playing strong cricket this season, are expected to be at full strength with the inclusion of their national under-19 players, now back from the regional tournament, and will be seeking to stop the run of the BDF.
However, BDF Manager Captain Joel Greenidge said his team will be looking to go all the way.
“We expect a keen battle and we are not going to take any chances. Our intention is to reach the final and we will play our best cricket on Sunday,” he said.
Noting that the tournament has been affected by rain in recent weeks, Greenidge said they were hoping for a sunny day and no rain, which would allow both sides to bat 40 overs.
The BDF qualified for the semifinals with a five-wicket win over Earthworks Melrose in a rain-hit match that saw their target reduced to 114 off 31 overs.
Melrose were sent in and dismissed for 134, in 36 overs, before BDF later chased the reduced target and scored 119 for five off 22.4 overs, with Renaldo Gibbons scoring an unbeaten 34.