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New champion will be crowned in Portmore T20

Ruddy Allen

Sunday, January 26, 2014    

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A new champion will be crowned in this year's Wray & Nephew/Portmore Cricket Association Club T20 Championship following the exit of Bridgeview in quarter-final action last week.

The Daren Powell-captained and defending champions Bridgeview lost to GC Foster College.

The semi-final action gets under way today at Bridgeport with GC Foster taking on the very consistent former champions Ken's Wildflower, while newcomer Waterford CC tackle Portmore Pines CC in the other game.

The game between GC Foster and Ken's Wildflower can go either way with both teams having been impressive so far. On paper, Ken's Wildflower look the better team, as their line-up contains the tournament's leading wicket-taker Oshane Wilson, who has 26 wickets from 22.1 overs at an average of 2.88, and best figures of 7-3.

Also in the line-up are batsmen Ravon Powell, who has so far scored a total of 212 runs, and wicket-keeper Glen Wellington (135 runs), while GC Foster will have to rely on the informed Gavin Wallace, who accumulated 212 runs, but they will need support from bowlers Odane Vassell and Cassey Stephan (both with 12 wickets) if they want to post any challenge to the former champions.

In the other game, Waterford CC should easily beat Portmore Pines CC. Both teams have met before in the preliminary stage with Waterford CC coming out the victors with a 28-run margin.

Opener Richard Allen and wicket-keeper Horace Miller are having a wonderful tournament so far, scoring 305 and 250 runs, respectively, while Paul Harrison (16 wickets) should lead the bowlers.

On the other hand, Portmore Pines CC are unpredictable but should be competitive with the likes of Damion Bryce (319 runs) to lead the batters, and Andre Bryce (17 wickets) to lead the bowlers.

The first game is set for 9:00 am and the second at 2:00 pm.

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