Claxton Bay in Diamond ‘quarters’
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Fifth-placed Group “B” team, Claxton Bay United, booked a spot in the quarter- finals of the inaugural Diamond Premier League (DPL) when they pipped fourth-placed Longdenville Touring Team by 15 runs in their final group stage matches at Kennedy Park, Ragoo Village, over the weekend.
Both teams needed a win to qualify for the next round of competition and a previously struggling Claxton Bay squad managed to muster up enough energy to snatch the win.
Longdenville won the toss and inserted Claxton Bay United to bat first. Led by an opening stand of 51 from Gavir Bhukhul (64) and Kenson Lewis (23), Claxton Bay posted a competitive score of 130 runs for seven wickets in their 20 overs.
In reply, despite fighting knocks of 40 from Enil Ryan and Danny Pittee (22), Longdenville were only able to gather 116 for the loss of seven at the end of their 20 overs, Claxton Bay winning by 15 runs.
The result left both teams at the end of the Group stage on 21 points, but Claxton Bay advanced based on the “Head to Head” rule.
In Group “A”, Team TTEC finished atop the standings by whipping Woodland United by 89 runs. Batting first, the TTEC team posted a commanding total of 156 for four in their allotted 20 overs. Arzudeen Mohammed was the main contributor with his impressive knock of 68 while Kwesi Blackburn chipped in with 64.
In their turn at the crease, Woodland United were restricted to a paltry 67 for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 over duration. TTEC will now go up against Claxton Bay United in the opening quarter-final clash later this week.
Other quarter-final matches include Potential SC facing Debe Youth Organisation, SJ Rapids going up against Tarouba Sports Club and Pills and Beyond Super Kings will square off against Quinam Road Presidents XI.
This brings an end to the group stage where 90 matches have been played to date. In addition, Evin Lewis of SJ Rapids goes into the play-offs as the leading batsman with 319 runs followed by Tarouba SC Nicolas Boochoon (298) and Pills and Beyond Super Kings’ Ranga Latchana (265).