Central Castries and Soufriere will meet in the final of the Bank of Saint Lucia Twenty20 Slog Fest cricket competition. Over the weekend, they secured their spots in the tournament finale with semifinal wins over Mon Repos and Gros Islet, respectively.
Nick Elibox was the star of the show for Central Castries. The swashbuckling batsman was a national under-19 selectee and Most Valuable Player of this year’s United Insurance Under-19 School Tournament for Castries Comprehensive.
At the weekend, he rattled off 66 runs in 37 balls, including seven sixes and two fours, helping his team recover from a position of 76-5 to compile 143-8 in their 20 overs. Mervin Wells and Garey Mathurin took two wickets apiece for Mon Repos, who won the toss.
Facing the daunting task of scoring at just a tick over seven runs per over, Mon Repos slipped to 99-8 before Walter Emmanuel Jr stoked 32 from 21 balls in a valiant attempt to snatch victory form the city lads.
But just when the final was within sight for Mon Repos, Loic Prosper and Alleyne Prosper picked up the remaining two wickets to seal a five-run victory for Central Castries. Earlier fast bowler Dillon John had set Mon Repos on the back foot grabbing 3-18.
Loic Prosper got the LUCELEC award for Calm Under Pressure, whilst Elibox was Bank of Saint Lucia Man of the Match.
In the first semifinal, played on Saturday, Soufriere beat Gros Islet by 23 runs in a match reduced to 12 overs a side due to a wet outfield. Soufriere compiled 129-3, thanks to an unbeaten 66 from wicketkeeper / batsman Tenacy Hippolyte – including six sixes – and 34 from Ashley Hippolyte, Young all-rounder Dwight Thomas took 2-37.
Gros Islet in reply were never able to build their innings, ending on 106-8, Ian Crafton with 23 and Shelton Arneau 20.
Shane Hippolyte got the LUCELEC Calm Under Pressure accolade, whilst Tenacy, who also plays for Ebony in Choiseul club cricket, was MVP of the match.