Phoenix Women lost their second round Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) knockout match on a technicality, but will still face defending champions Moosai Ladies in the semi-finals this weekend.
The 2013 League runners-up will meet Moosai, who repeated as League champs with an unbeaten run, and have twice defeated the 2011 champs for the season.
Moosai took a 90-run victory over Spice Girls in their 30-over second round affair on Sunday at Honeymoon Park in Tunapuna. They posted a formidable 183 for two in their allotted overs with a half-century from opener Amanda Samaroo (65), while Kirbyina Alexander (48) and her skipper and fellow all-rounder Lee-Ann Kirby (48 not out) both made solid contributions.
Spice Girls replied with 93 for nine, with only Vanessa Watts (21) getting past 20. Karishma Ramharack had three wickets for Moosai, and Kamara Ragoobar and Samaroo two each.
Phoenix played Championship team Hibiscus Ladies, but were penalised for using two unregistered players, and finished as the best loser due to their overall net run rate, which gave them the fourth semi-final berth.
The other two slots were filled by Technocrats and Hibiscus Ladies, who will face each other for a place in the final.
Technocrats whipped MAAAD Rangers by seven wickets to progress at Caroni Savannah Road. Rangers got to 119 for eight in 30 overs on the back of Anisa Mohammed unbeaten 59, but Yasmine St Ange and Gaitri Seetahal with four and two wickets respectively, kept the total low enough for a comfortable chase.
Orie Trotman registered 49 not out to see Technocrats to victory at 121 for three in 24.5 overs.
A day earlier in the previous round, Phoenix hammered Achievers Women by 209 runs, bowling out their Championship opponents for just 18 after scoring a mammoth 227 against the underdogs.
Spice Girls trounced San Rafael by 254 runs, and MAAAD Rangers blasted South West United by 194 runs. Technocrats got a default win over UWI, and Hibiscus Ladies moved ahead at the expense of Cricket Lovers after their match was rained out.
At Honeymoon Park
Moosai Ladies 183-2 in 30 overs (Amanda Samaroo 65, Kirbyina Alexander 48, Leeann Kirby 32 n.o.; Chadean Nation 25 n.o.; Vanessa Watts 2/32) vs Spice Girls 93-9 in 30 overs (Vanessa Watts 21, Allison Collins 18, Tameka Sanford 16; Karishma Ramharack 3/10, Ragoobar 2/20, Amanda Samaroo 2/22)
Moosai Ladies won by 90 runs
At Caroni Savannah Road
MAAAD Rangers 119-8 in 30 overs (Anisa Mohammed 59 n.o.; Yasmine St Ange 4/15, Gaitri Seetahal 2/20) vs Technocrats 121-3 in 24.5 overs (Oire Trotman 49, Marisa Wharton 16 n.o., Candace La Borde 13)
Technocrats won by 7 wickets
At Couva East Secondary
Phoenix Women 227-5 in 30 overs (Britney Cooper 91, Karishma Ramdeo 32, Samantha Bissoon 28, Rakeal Bissoon 22 n.o.; Sherissa Weekes 2/60 ) vs Achievers Women 18 all out (Shenelle Lord 5/10, Samantha Bissoon 4/7)
Phoenix Women won by 209 runs
At Pinto Road Recreation Ground
Spice Girls 289-4 in 30 overs (Annmarie McEwen 75 n.o., Vanessa Watts 74, Tameka Sanford 71;
Nakeni Thomas 2/57) vs San Rafael Ladies 35 all out in 14.3 overs (Christine Bhola 13; Stephanie Ramcharan 5/11)
Spice Girls won by 254 runs
At Happy Hill Recreation Ground
MAAAD Rangers 297-3 in 30 overs (Alisa Mohammed 96, Anisa Mohammed 80 n.o., Melissa Sandy 55 n.o.; Cindy Bridgelal 2/58) vs South West United 103 all out in 22.3 overs (Cindy Beharry 39, Sonia Phagoo Jules 15; Anisa Mohammed 4/16)
MAAAD Rangers won by 194 runs