ST. GEORGE’S, May 16, 2016 – In what was a good display of youthfulness and composure, St. George booked their spot in the final of the Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) Super 50 Inter Parish Senior Cup with a last over thriller on Sunday.
Playing at the National Stadium against last year’s beaten finalist St. Andrew, the host St. George left if for late to pull of a two wicket victory over their opponent.
St. Andrew decided to bat first after winning the toss and posted 192 for 3 in their allotted 50 overs.
Captain Heron Campbell and Rudolph Paul were the not out batsmen on 46 and 45 respectively.
Cyprian Forsythe bagged 2 for 37 off 10 overs.
In reply St. George got to 194 losing eight wickets in the process. Opener Chard Charles top scored with 41.
Left with a run a ball in the final over, Keishon Mitchell saw his team home with a six off the second ball in the over to win what was a sea-saw battle.
Mitchell ended the game not out on 25 off 28 balls. The other not out batsman was Narun Singh with 8 runs.
Captain Bronson Johnson was lost for words on his team’s performance and applauded the players for their composure in the later stage of the match.
“It’s a joy knowing that we were playing against the odds and to have such a young team this year; it’s great.”
St. Andrew was last year’s beaten finalist and captain Heron Campbell though disappointed was satisfied with the cricket played.
“I thought that we played well up to the last over. Credit must be given to St. George team I thought they played brilliantly up towards the end. That’s the game of cricket; we lost and I accept it.”
Meanwhile over at Progress Park in a star studded affair, defending champions St. David were not able to hold off a strong St. Patrick challenge.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, St. David found themselves in early trouble losing their first three wickets with just 14 runs on the board after seven overs.
West Indies right-handed batsman Andre Fletcher entered at number four and tried to steady the ship but was eventually dismissed on 40 runs after being caught by Delon Matthew off the bowling of Alvin Marcelle who bagged four wickets in the game.
West Indies Under 19 player Ryan John who captained and steered the victorious St. David Under 19 team to victory came in to pick up from where Fletcher fell short but he too was not able to score big as he was sent back to the dug out on 39 following a catch by West Indies opener Devon Smith off the bowling of Marcelle with the score on 92 for 5.
None of the remaining batsmen were able to contribute scores over 10 runs and they lost the last five wickets for just 27 runs.
Discarded West Indies fast bowler Nelon Pascal made six runs.
Pick of the bowlers for St. Patrick were Alvin Marcelle 4-19 off 7 overs, Craig Phillip 3-15 off 5.2 overs and Emon Alexander 2-33 off 10 overs.
In reply, the men from historic parish got to 122 losing four wickets in the process.
Devon Smith and Marlon Henry were unbeaten with 11 and 19 respectively. There were contributions from Eran Matthew (38) and Grenada’s Soca Monarch Jalon Olive aka “Boyzie” (23).
Nelon Pascal, Ryan John, Cameron Augustine and Casimir Thomas bagged one wickket each.
St. Patrick and St. George will meet in the final on Saturday at a venue to be announced.