Friday, February 23, 2018

Rain puts damper on Festival opening

Rain ruined the opening day of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) National League Twenty20 Festival at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday, giving defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club a free pass to the semi-finals.

The Parkites were scheduled to open the Festival in the 3 p.m. quarter-final match against Esmeralda yesterday, but persistent rain kept the players in the pavilion.

The standing umpires Kellman Kowlessar and Stephen Lackram eventually made the decision to abandon the first game at 4.15 p.m. with rain still beating down on the ground.

And with the amount of water on the playing area, and with no letup in sight, the second quarter-final yesterday between First Citizens Clarke Road United and Merry Boys was also in danger of being washed out, but up the press time, the umpires and ground staff were still hopeful of getting play.

The Parkites advanced to the semis by virtue of having won more matches than their opponents in the round robin phase.

If last night’s second semi is washed out, then Clarke Road will advance to the semi-finals.

The other two Premier Division quarter-finals are scheduled for today at the same venue with Caldrac Club taking on Moosai Sports from 3 p.m. before PowerGen do battle against Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports from 7 p.m.

The Parkites will face the winners of today’s 3 p.m. match-up in the first Premier Division semi-final at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

If today’s matches are washed out, then Caldrac and PowerGen Penal will both go through to the semis.

Today’s TTCB National League T20 Fixtures: (all matches take place at Guaracara Park)

Premier Division quarter-finals:

P3--Caldrac Club vs Moosai Sports, 3 p.m.

P4--Seenath’s Auto Bamboo Sports vs PowerGen Penal, 7 p.m.