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PowerGen, Merry Boys clash in T20 semis

By Roger Seepersad

An unbeaten 50 off 25 balls from Akeil Cooper coupled with some good bowling from pacer Strassark Sankar combined to give defending champions PowerGen an easy 69-run win over Munroe Road in their Premier Division Twenty20 quarter-final on the third day of NGC T20 Festival at Queen’s Park Oval, on Tuesday night.
Cooper was unforgiving in his innings, slamming three sixes and four fours to boost the PowerGen score from 81 for four in the 12th over to 166 for six off 20. He and skipper Gregory Mahabir (26 runs off 26 balls), put on 74 runs for the fifth wicket to get their team back into the game.
Sankar then struck twice in his first over, sending back Keon Isaac for six and bowling Keiron Joseph for eight. Munroe Road never recovered. They were eventually dismissed for 97 in 16 overs with Derwin Christian the only batman showing some fight.
He was the only Munroe Road batsman to get to double figures, scoring 52 off 34 balls with three sixes and five fours before his Guyanese teammate Narsingh Deonarine, who is a guest player in the PowerGen line-up, sent him back with the final ball of the 16th over. The defending champs will now face League winners Merry Boys in today’s second semi-final bowling off at 7 p.m.
Merry Boys dethroned PowerGen as League champions and now Penal-based club will be looking for some payback. Merry Boys on the other hand will be hoping their potent pace attack, which includes Marlon Richards, Rayad Emrit, Atiba Allert and Barbados seamer Javon Searles can send another Penal team crashing out of the tournament.
Merry Boys knocked Penal-based First Citizens Clarke Road United out of the tournament at the Quarterfinal stage on Monday night. In the other semi-final today, the home team Queen’s Park Cricket Club will face Jenexcon Tableland in the from 3 p.m.
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