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Pierre leads Parkites into Sunday League final

By Roger Seepersad

Queen’s Park Cricket Club will get an opportunity to defend their Premier Division Sunday League 50 over title in the tournament final after left-arm spinner Khary Pierre’s five-wicket haul led them to a close seven-run win over PowerGen in their semi-final at Avidesh Samaroo Park in Chaguanas on Tuesday night.
Pierre grabbed five for 49 from his ten overs to help dismiss PowerGen for 186 off 49.2 overs in reply to Queen’s Park’s 193 for nine off 50 overs.
The match came down to the wire but it was Queen’s Park who were on top in the early part of PowerGen’s chase thanks to some early strikes from medium pacer Kevon Cooper and Trinidad and Tobago left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein.
PowerGen found themselves in trouble early on as Nicholas Sookdeosingh was lbw to Cooper in the third over and he was quickly followed by Sherwin Ganga caught by Darren Bravo in Cooper’s next over.
Hosein struck in the tenth to remove Rajindra Chandrika for seven as the Penal club slipped to 24 for three.
Jason Mohammed (58 off 19 balls) kept the chase alive with a 52-run stand with skipper Gregory Mahabir (23) before Pierre stepped up to put his team on top again as he removed Mahabir halfway through the innings with PowerGen needing 118 off the remaining 25 overs.
And when Cooper sent back Mohammed, 66 were needed in the final ten overs and Pierre capitalised towards the end as the batsmen tried to find boundaries.
Vaaroon Samaroo’s 31 off 41 balls towards the end took the score to 175 but when he bowed by Pierre to give the spinner his fifth scalp, the chase was all but over.
Earlier the Parkites got off to a decent start with Justin Guillen hitting 55 at the top, sharing vital partnerships with Darren Bravo (24) and Jonathan Augustus (11) before the innings stalled in the middle thanks to some tight bowling from Kavesh Kantasingh who got two for 11 from eight overs.
Mohammed grabbed three for 25 off seven overs to keep the Parkites in check but Hosein’s 21 off 34 balls and Pierre’s unbeaten 18 off 28 ensured the defending champs batted all the overs and got to a competitive score.
Queen’s Park will meet the winners of yesterday’s second semi-final between Jenexcon Tableland and First Citizens Clarke Road in the tournament final.

SEMI-FINAL
SCOREBOARD


QPCC vs PowerGen

QPCC Inns
J Guillen b J Mohammed 55
A Barath stpd wkpr G Mohammed b Kantasingh 8
D Bravo c&b Samaroo 24
J Augustus b Ganga 11
D Cruickshank b J Mohammed 11
K Cooper b Kantasingh 10
A Hosein b Ganga 21
M Barclay stpd wkpr G Mohammed b J Mohammed 0
K Pierre not out 18
A Balgobin not out 4
Extras: (LB10, W21) 31
TOTAL: (for eight wickets; 50 overs) 193
Did not bat: S Gabriel
Wickets at: 33 (Barath), 81 (Bravo), 123 (Augustus), 123 (Guillen), 143 (Cooper), 150 (Cruickshank), 150 (Barclay), 175 (Hosein)
BOWLING: Sankar 6-0-33-0 (6w); Kantasingh 8-1-11-2 (2w); Samaroo 10-0-34-1 (2w); Bhagan 9-0-40-0; Ganga 10-1-40-2 (11w); J Mohammed 7-0-25-3

PowerGen Inns (Target: 194)
R Chandrika c wkpr Balgobin b Hosein 7
N Sookdeosingh lbw Cooper 1
S Ganga c Bravo b Cooper 4
G Mahabir c Bravo b Pierre 23
J Mohammed c Balgobin b Cooper 58
A Cooper c Hosein b Pierre 10
V Samaroo b Pierre 31
G Mohammed b Pierre 3
A Bhagan c wkpr Balgobin b Pierre 3
K Kantasingh run out 8
S Sankar not out 6
Extras: (B6, LB9, W16,NB1) 32
TOTAL: (all out: 49.2 overs) 186
Wickets at: 6 (Sookdeosingh), 11 (Ganga), 24 (Chandrika), 76 (Mahabir), 104 (Cooper), 128 (J Mohammed), 156 (G Mohammed), 162 (Bhagan), 175 (Samaroo), 186 (Kantasingh)
BOWLING: Cooper 9.2-0-30-3 (1w); Gabriel 10-1-30-0 (5w); Hosein 10-1-30-1 (7w); Cruickshank 10-1-29-0 (1nb, 1w); Pierre 10-1-49-5 (2w)

Toss: QPCC
Result: QPCC won by seven runs
Man of the Match: Khary Pierre (QPCC)
Umpires: G Hodge & F Ghany
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