ESSO Tigers provided the first upset of the 2013 season by defeating defending champions Greenies 1 in the first of the two semifinals played at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay last weekend.
ESSO Tigers’ Daren Cato is in superb form as he reached 52 not out and guided ESSO Tigers to 123 runs for 3 wickets.
Cato’s excellent batting was followed by a remarkable bowling display by his brother, Corey Cato, whose 4 overs for 7 runs was another feature of this historic win.
Greenies 1 played as champions and did not give up easily. Led by captain Chris Palmer’s 50 not out, Greenies fought all the way.
With two overs remaining, Palmer made a gallant effort to take his team over the line before falling short and providing ESSO a victory by five runs.
By Rite secured their place in this weekend’s final inflicting a 7 wickets defeat on Police.
Batting first, Police scored 114 runs with Nigel Strough getting 29. It was easy for the By Rite batsmen with Jalon Linton scoring 37 and Ainsley Hall 32.
Can ESSO Tigers produce another big win or will By Rite take the step up from runners up to champions? The Division 1 final will be at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Sunday starting at 2pm.
In the women’s league, at John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay, two innings of pure power from Stingrays’ Rosemarie Wilson 71 not out and Natasha Roberts 62 for Dr. Jackman Islanders were the highlights of an exciting match.
Batting first, Stingrays’ Wilson was a lone hand as her team scored 142 runs for 6 wickets.
Sheila Rankine and Jada Morgan took two wickets each. A late counter attack from Roberts brought Dr. Jackman Islanders within reach of another upset. It was not to be as Stingrays ran off winners by 27 runs.
In Division 2, Cayman Brac had mixed fortunes as they won their first match against Aims Consultants by 6 wickets but lost the second.
Denrick Gayle was outstanding with ball and bat taking 4 wickets and scoring 27 not out in the victory.
On Sunday, it was different as Cayman Brac scored 152 but JJ’S led by a Franklin Hinds 55 was enough for victory by 3 wickets.
Brac’s Steve Coates played a lone hand scoring 67 and taking 3 wickets but it was not enough.