DEFENDING champions Mico Masters were knocked out of the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Masters T20 Cricket Competition on Sunday by undefeated team St Catherine in the first of two semi-finals at Kensington Cricket Club in Kingston.
Mico Masters were restricted to 89 for 7 in 20 overs after being awarded the toss, with top scorer Michael Donegal, 27, getting support from Martin Miller, 18, and Solomon Darby, 10. The bulk of the wickets went to Leighton Brown, who took 3 for 18, and 'hatrick bowler' Lascelles Davis, 2 for 11 runs.
Mico lost their main batsman Orville Pennant with just one run on the board when he was hit over the left eye by Davis and had to be rushed to hospital for treatment. He received a stitch and returned to field during St Catherine's innings. "You know I love the game, and I am fine now, so I had to come back and play," he said.
St Catherine struggled to reach the target due to some stifling bowling by Mico Masters, before eventually scoring 90 for 6 wickets off 19.2 overs, to defeat Mico by four wickets, and securing their spot in next Sunday's final. Gary Brown top scored with 27, while Herbert Garriques supported with 21 and Lascelle Davis got 16. Mico captain Delroy Williams was the main wicket taker getting 3 for 16, while Anthony Meikle bagged 2 for 19.
In the second semi-final, Domtar got the better of the previously undefeated May Pen Lions by 40 runs. Domtar won the toss and made 167 for 4 in 20 overs on the back of former national representatives Wayne Cuff's 55 off 26 deliveries, including two fours and five sixes, and Delroy Morgan's 52.
Junior Ricketts supported with 38. May Pen Lions captain was the pick of the bowlers, bagging 2 for 33 off 3 overs.
May Pen Lions were rocked back in the first over losing the first wicket for one, and thereafter losing wickets regularly after being 3 for 8 at one stage. The two batsmen to put up any resistance were Howard Copeland, with 47 off 37 deliveries, and Winston Osbourne with 37 off 33 balls. Their innings ended at 127 for 6 in 20 overs. Three bowlers were responsible for the wickets, getting two each. They were Oswald Hope, 2 for 14, Kenny Isaacs, 2 for 22, and Dave Harris, 2 for 24.
The teams now look to Sunday's final when St Catherine will take on Domtar at 2:00 pm. The third-place play-off will see Mico Masters battling May Pen Lions at 10:00 am at Kensington Cricket Club.