TIMBER!: Tableland Sports batsman Ellon Lewis, left, misses an attempt at a second six to be bowled for a run-a-ball 38 by Victoria’s Raffick Hosein on Wednesday night at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre in the National League T20 Festival Championship Division competition. Tableland made 155 for four before the rains stopped the match for good, and they progressed to today’s final at the same venue based on a better preliminary record. The final bowls off at 7 p.m. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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Valiants cruise into Twenty20 Championship final at T20 Festival

By Roger Seepersad

Valiants will face Jenexcon Tableland in the final of the Championship Division Twenty20 tournament today after they defeated Queen’s Park Cricket Club II by seven wickets in their semi-final match on the fourth day of the National League T20 Festival at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre yesterday.
The Championship final bowls off at 7 p.m. at Guaracara Park today following the third place playoff between QPCC II and Victoria Sports at the same venue from
3 p.m.
After winning the toss and batting first yesterday, Queen’s Park II were restricted to a modest 111 for nine, with the Valiants spinners pegging back the Port of Spain club after a solid opening stand between Jeremy Solozano and Sherwin Peters, who put on 27 for the first wicket.
Peters, who top-scored with 24, lashed out early, getting off the mark with a four through the covers off medium pacer Stephawn Solomon before driving down the ground in the same over for another boundary.
But three run outs and two wickets each for Magnum Nanan and Junior Gibbs saw Queen’s Park stumble past 100. Nicholas Arthur also chipped in with 21, while Dwight Joseph added 22.
Valiants galloped to their target, reaching 112 for three off 18.1 overs with Chris Pattia hitting 45. He had six fours, and David Livingston chipping in with an unbeaten 25, which included a six and a four.
The Championship T20 winners will go home with $50,000, while the runners up get $35,000.
The third place team will pocket $15,000 and the fourth place team will receive $10,000.
PowerGen Penal and Merry Boys clashed in yesterday’s late match to determine who would go through to meet defending champions Queen’s Park Cricket Club in the Premier Division final on Saturday night at Guaracara Park.
The Parkites booked their place in the final after their quarter-final and semi-final matches were both washed out earlier this week.
They were scheduled to face Esmeralda at the quarter-final stage and Moosai in the semis.
Queen’s Park advanced after the washouts by virtue of having more wins than  their opponents in the round robin phase of the tournament played earlier in the season.
Summarised Scores

QPCC 2 111/9 (20 overs)
(Sherwin Peters 24, Dwight Joseph 22, Nicholas Arthur 21; Magnum Nanan 2/17, Junior Gibbs 2/26) vs Valiants 112/3 (18.1 overs) (Chris Pattia 45, David Livingston 25 not out, Devon Nelson 26; Israel
Canning 2/26, Nico Adams 1/30)
Valiants won by 7 wkts
Man of the Match: Chris Pattia
(Valiants)

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