After a two -week break, the Barbados Cricket Supplies Under-13 Competition resumes tomorrow with the first of two semis-finals starting at noon.
Former champions Desmond Haynes Carlton Young Lions will meet first-time semi-finalists Royal Bank of Canada St Philip Juniors at the Rubis ground (formerly Texaco Club) on Spring Garden Highway.
The other semi-final will feature last year’s runners-up Franklyn Stephenson Academy and Co-operators General Insurance St Catherine Juniors, next Sunday at a venue to be announced. The final is slated for Sunday, April 23 with the venue also to be decided.
Both Carlton Young Lions and St Philip Juniors have played an exciting brand of cricket throughout the season and the encounter is expected to go down to the wire. They have lost one game each in the preliminary round. Carlton Young Lions won zone ‘A’ and St Philip Juniors placed second in zone ‘B’.
Carlton Young Lions will pin their main hopes on the likes of Christian Haynes, Nathan Forde, Mahkaya Moore and Dominic Brathwaite. All-rounder Haynes has 339 runs including a century, along with ten wickets with his medium-pace. Off-spinner Forde is among the leading wicket-takers with 17 scalps. Moore (244 runs) had a vital match-winning half-century in the semi-final against Signia Wildey Juniors. Leg-spinner Brathwaite has consistently picked up wickets along the way.
Left-handed Romario Roach has led from the front for St Philip Juniors scoring 487 runs, with one century and five fifties. He and wicket-keeper/batsman Jamario St Hill with 239 runs including two-half-centuries, have been a formidable opening pair posting four partnerships of over one hundred during the season. Others expected to make an impact with either bat or ball are Daniel Alleyne, Savejo Blenman and Asha Callender-Greene. Alleyne made a polished 46 in the semis against four-time champions Fusionz Boutique Passage Juniors.
St. Philip Juniors will be buoyed by that win which was a major upset. It was the first time in the nine-year tournament that Passage Juniors failed to reach the final four. (PR)