Carriacou & Petit Martinique advance to their first Cricket final!

13238938_603524469811227_8076541994349069077_nST. MARK, April 21, 2017 – Carriacou & Petit Martinique advanced to their first cricket final and will go in search of their first local cricket title when they play in the final of the Republic Bank/Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) Under 18  Cricket Tournament.

In Friday’s semi-finals, Carriacou & Petit Martinique had a 6-wicket win over St. Mark at the Alston George Playing Field.

In a game that was reduced to 20 overs due to rain, St. Mark posted 67 for 9 with Dushan Fraser top scoring on 13.

Aaron John’s 3 for 9 and Isiah Simon 3 for 6 were pick of the bowlers.

In reply Carriacou got to their target scoring 68 for 4 in 12.3 overs with National Under 15 player Nicoby John unbeaten on 34 runs.

“It’s a great really knowing that this young group of guys are willing to learn fast and listen says captain Emmanuel Stewart. “I thought that it was good for me to come and perform for the team and assist in getting them to this point.”

Carriacou & Petit Martinique will meet St. Andrew in the final.

Last year’s beaten finalist St. Andrew had an 85-run victory over St. George in the other semi-final.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, St. Andrew posted 158 for 6 in 23 overs.

Johann Jeremiah was once again on the score sheet with his third half century of the tournament.

His knock of 83 came off 65 balls which included 8 fours and 2 sixes.

Rolando Hassan was pick of the bowlers with 3 for 27.

St. George in reply got to 73.7 in 23 overs with Obadele Joseph top scoring on 28.

Jaimie Buddy bagged 3 for 8.

Johann Jeremiah who is the lead runs scorer for the tournament is quite happy knowing that St. Andrew will once again contest the final.

“I feel very happy and proud knowing that we did not have much training sessions together but was able to come out and play as a team. Bringing my experience from the West Indies Under 19 training camp helped pull everything together.”

At the final, both teams will be without their star players as they are scheduled to return to Barbados for school.

Emmanuel Stewart and Johann Jeremiah depart the island on Saturday and they both are confident that their team will be successful in the final.

“It’s a pity that I won’t be present for the finals but I want to wish the guys all the best because we’ve worked hard to get to this point and we got nothing to lose says Stewart.

“I know regardless of me not being present physically I’ll be there spiritually and I know the players would stand up and really represent on that day.”

Johann Jeremiah believes the lessons passed on during his stint in the tournament will help his team in the final.

“I just came in and brought my experience and I’m happy that this experience was passed on to my team and going into the final I know that they will do their best as we seek to regain the title.”

The final of the Republic Bank/Grenada Cricket Association (GCA) Under 19 Cricket Tournament is carded for April 27 at the National Cricket Stadium.

©2017 SpiceIsleSportsReview

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