Helped by poor catching and fielding, Sagicor Life UWI swept aside Police by 76 runs in the second quarter-final of the BCA Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship at Kensington Oval last night.
The joint record two-time champions (shared with Maple) were themselves ragged in the field but Police tamely surrendered in what was only the second time they had contested a knockout match in the eight-year tournament.
UWI went into the match without their regular captain and wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton, who has returned to his native Jamaica to prepare with the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League Championship, which begins here on June 20, as well as veteran coach, batsman Floyd Reifer, who turned out in four T20 matches this season.
Led by Player-of-the-Match Jonathan Carter’s 51 off 34 balls with three fours and two sixes, UWI, who were sent in, amassed 183 for five off 20 overs although a much bigger total was seemingly on the cards when they reached 103 for two off ten overs.
In response Police were immediately rocked when Richard Greaves, who had a horrible time in the field by dropping two easy catches, fell off the very first ball of the innings and after limping to 50 for five at the half-way stage, they were bowled out for 107 off the very last ball of the match. Dwayne Yearwood top scored with 24. UWI will clash with LIME in the first semi-final on June 30.