Four strong teams will do battle in the semi-finals of the 31st Kingston Wharves U15 Cricket Competition on Tuesday. Kingston Cricket Club will face off with St. Elizabeth Cricket Association at Sabina Park in Kingston while Kensington Cricket Club will take on St. Mary Cricket Association at Kensington Cricket Ground, also in Kingston. St. Mary is the only unbeaten team left in the competition having won three of its preliminary round matches and the other rained out. The other three teams lost a match in the preliminary round.
Kingston’s quarter final match against Boys Town last Thursday at Sabina Park was a low scoring one. Boys Town was all out for 52 in 20.2 overs with only Rajae McGeachy 10 getting into double figures. The wickets went to Quewayne Anglin who took five wickets for just five runs off 5.2 over, while Mekanel Palmer and Keanu Henry accounted for two wickets each.
Kingston won by 7 wickets when they made 56 for 3 off 16 overs with a healthy contribution of 33 extras. McGheachy came back to get two for 19 off four overs and Samuel Burgher got the other one for 7 runs in three overs.
St. Catherine CC who was the only team to win all its preliminary round matches (5) out right was stopped by Kensington at Chewdin Park in St. Catherine. Kensington won by 174 runs after making 286 for 8 in its 50 oves with Joziah Neil 99 and captain David Dewar 77 being the main run getters. The bulk of the wickets went to Vitel Lawes three for 36 off 10 overs and Danza Hyatt two for 53 off eight overs.
St. Catherine CC was skittled out for 102 off 25.5 overs. Vitel Lawes 34 and Antwon Robinson 19 got among the runs. The wicket takers were Jevon Golding three for nine in three overs, David Dewar two for 13 in 6.2 overs and Joziah Neil two for 18 in five overs.
St. Elizabeth CA defeated St. Catherine CA by 103 runs at Manely Horne Park in St. Elizabeth after making 155 for seven in 28 overs (match reduces to 28 overs due to the inclement weather) on the back of Davian Mason 41 and Jalil Smith 23. The main wicket takers were Oneil Bonner four for 14 in 6.2 overs and Lamar Savage two for 36 in 6 overs.
St. Catherine CA could only muster 52 all out in 19 overs with no one really going after the runs. Smith came back to take five for nine in five overs while Kevaughn Brown got two for 10 in five overs.
Westmoreland journeyed to Boscobel for its quarter final matchup but returned home empty handed as St. Mary took that match by 18 runs. St. Mary batted first and was all out for 113 in 22.2 overs. Jaquain Jackson 21 and Jevaughny Shim 18 got among the runs while Delante Scott got three wickets for 25 runs in six overs and E-Jay Spence also got three wickets for 30 runs in eight overs.
Westmoreland replied with a fighting 97 all out in 30.3 overs. Rasheed Palmer 30 and E-Jay Spence 19 were the main run takers. Rushawn Bell five for 27 in seven overs was the lead wicket taker while Devonte Miller supported with two for 19 in nine overs.
The two semi finals promise to be exciting as all the coaches are expecting their team to play in the final which is scheduled for Thursday September 1 when a new champion will be crowned, after defending champion Manchester did not make it out of the preliminary round.