Tuesday, April 16, 2024

UWI going for the treble

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Sagicor UWI will attempt to take a step towards an unprecedented treble tonight when they meet Guardian General Barbados Youth in the second semi-final of the Sagicor General Twenty20 competition at Kensington Oval.
Still basking in the glory of their capture of a fourth successive three-day title and a second Super Cup title earlier in the season, UWI will start the match as favourites.
The Cave Hill boys marched to the semi-finals with an impressive 100 per cent winning record – over eight preliminary round matches in Zone ‘A’ before making light work of ESA Field Pickwick in the quarter-finals.
UWI boast an impressive record since their admission to the top level of local cricket. The only trophy they have failed to land is the Twenty20 competition which is now in its fifth year.
The closest they came was in 2010 when they were runners-up to ICBL Empire, who were scheduled to meet YMPC in the first semi-final last night.
UWI boast of such resources that their biggest challenge tonight might be determining their final eleven.
In light of the high numbers they have to choose from, one or two promising players could be left on the bench.
While Barbados Youth finished one from the bottom of the table in the LIME Elite Division and were also in the cellar position in Zone B of the Super Cup, they showed a major improvement in the Twenty20 championship when they had the benefit of a more settled team.
The plucky youngsters placed third in Zone ‘B’ of the preliminaries and overcame CounterPoint Wanderers in the quarter-finals when their opponents might have been considered pre-match favourities.
Today’s match starts at 7 p.m. – the same time for Sunday’s final at the same venue.
The Twenty20 final will be preceded by the Barbados Cricket League’s limited-overs (35-overs) knockout final between Newberry Province and Lodge Road beginning at 11:30 a.m. (HG)

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