William Perkins blasted 59 runs off just 29 balls to lead Moosai Sports past Caldrac Sports by 37 runs and into the semi-finals of the Premier Division 20-over competition on the second day of the National League T20 Festival at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday.
Perkins gave Moosai a solid start, attacking the bowlers for seven fours and three sixes to lead his team to a competitive 157 for eight off their 20 overs.
Yannick Ottley, Mervyn Dillon and Ken Hazel then grabbed two wickets each as Caldrac stumbled to 120 for seven in reply.
But Perkins, who was the Man of the Match, put the East team on top from the start and when he finally departed—caught by Franklyn Rouse off the bowling of Teelucksingh—Moosai were well on course for a huge total.
The Caldrac bowlers though—in particular Miguel Mahabir—turned things around in the middle overs.
Mahabir snatched four for 16 off his four overs to peg Moosai back, but the early onslaught of Perkins had already given Moosai the impetus they needed.
Handy contributions from Ottley (20) and Amir Khan (19 not out) also played a part in taking Moosai past 150.
Caldrac also had a solid start, reaching 33 without loss after six overs before Ottley broke the budding opening stand between Omesh Ramoutar and Mark Deyal.
The left-arm spinner got the breakthrough as Ramoutar was caught by Khan for five.
Mark Deyal hit 32 and Rouse made 34, but Caldrac were too cautious throughout their reply and could not raise the tempo towards the end of the innings, when they needed more than 70 runs to win in the last four overs.
Up to press time last night, Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports were in action against PowerGen Penal in the last Premier Division quarter-final to see who will face Merry Boys in the semis.
Moosai 157/8 (20 overs) (William Perkins 59; Miguel Mahabir 4/16) vs Caldrac Sports 120/7 (20 overs) (Franklyn Rouse 34, Mark Deyal 32; Yannick Ottley 2/10, Ken Hazel 2/23, Mervyn Dillon 2/28)
Moosai won by 37 runs
Today’s T20 Festival
Fixtures (Guaracara Park):
Championship Division Semi-final
Victoria vs Tableland, 3 p.m.
Premier Division Semi-final
Queen’s Park vs Moosai Sports, 7 p.m.