Crane Resort St Catherine booked a place in the final of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Sagicor Twenty20 Championship after defeating Home Improvement and Hardware Supplies Maple by eight wickets at Kensington Oval Tuesday night.
Set a target of 123 to win the match, captain Omar Phillips steered his team into the final with a top score of 41 from 36 balls including four fours and one six. Phillips was dropped by Jed Yearwood at square leg after he had scored six off the bowling of West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach.
He posted 72 for the first wicket with Shamar Cooke who compiled 36 from 43 balls including three fours. Phillips was caught at deep midwicket by Darrell Greenidge off the bowling of off-spinner Don O’neal.
Twenty runs later, St Catherine lost their second wicket when Cooke was caught at long- on. By then, the St Phillip-based team were in sight of victory, though a short shower briefly delayed their progress.
Darnell Greenidge hit an unbeaten 24 from 13 balls with two fours and two sixes to take St Catherine to victory in 17.2 overs.
Earlier, Maple scored 122 for the lost of seven wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat. Left-arm spinner Derick Bishop choked the Maple batsmen with his bowling.
The veteran bowler tied up the Maple batsmen with a spell of four overs, one maiden, three wickets for eleven runs.
Maple’s batsmen were lost against Bishop who was playing his first match of the season after undergoing surgery on his thumb.
The west coast-based club’s woes began when Jed Yearwood was run-out in the fourth over. After his dismissal, Maple batsmen struggled to get on top of St Catherine’s bowlers.
They limped to 49 for three at the end of the tenth over. Roach batting at number six injected life into the innings with a top score of 44 from 28 balls with three fours and two sixes, Dominic Drakes contributed 35.
St Catherine and Sagicor UWI will meet in the final at Kensington Oval on Friday night.