El Dorado East Secondary will get an opportunity to defend their PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League InterCol Twenty20 title in the final of the competition on Friday.
“El Do” overpowered Carapichaima East Secondary in yesterday’s semi-final at Inshan Ali Park, Preysal to book their place in the final opposite Barrackpore West Secondary, who defeated Vishnu Boys’ Hindu College by 50 runs in the other semi at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva.
At Inshan Ali Park, the defending champions dismissed Carapichaima for 91 in 18.1 overs before romping to 95 for four off 17.3 overs to complete a six-wicket victory.
El Dorado’s Kyle Lee took three wickets for seven runs from four overs while his skipper Ewart Nicholson snatched two for five to set Carapichaima back before Shaquille McDavid smashed 34 and Kyle Ramoutar added an unbeaten 29 to lead the defending champs to another win.
McDavid, who scored a hundred for the SSCL T20 team in the India earlier this year, edged left-arm spinner Justin Joseph for four behind the wicket before hitting Ryan Persad for six to get his teammates hyped up before Ramoutar completed the demolition job, smashing three fours and a six in his 20-ball knock.
In the other semi, Keron Kanhai, who was part of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 squad last year, hit nine fours and two sixes in a top score of 82 to lead Barrackpore to an imposing 159 for four.
Kanhai also grabbed two for 23 while Dillon Mohammed took three for 20 and Riaz St Clair chipped in with two for 15 to help dismiss Vishnu for 109 in 19.3 overs.
Yesterday’s SSCL InterCol T20 scores
Barrackpore West 159/4 (20 overs) (Keron Kanhai 82, Jerron Maniram 38, Dillon Mohammed 24) vs Vishnu Boys Hindu College 109 (19.3 overs) (Andy Gobin 20, Vikash Mohan 17; Dillon Mohammed 3/20, Riaz St Clair 2/15, Keron Kanhai 2/23)
Barrackpore won by 50 runs
At Inshan Ali Park
Carapichaima East 91(18.1 overs) (Justin Joseph 15; Kyle Lee 3/7, Ewart Nicholson 2/5) vs El Dorado East 95/4 (17.3 overs) (Shaquille McDavid 34, Kyle Ramoutar 29 n.o.; Justin Joseph 1/8)
El Dorado won by six wickets