ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Bethesda defeated defending champions New Winthorpes in a super-over thriller to reach the final of the PIC Insurance Inter-Church Cricket League, while Tindall outplayed New Winthorpes in the second semi-final match to set up a clash with Bethesda in the final.
Before a large and vociferous crowd at Powells, Bethesda, led by captain Kennedy Tonge, took their game into an exciting super over, after New Withorpes, needing four to win on the last over, could only muster three.
New Winthorpes, batting first in the super over, were limited to only three runs for the loss of two wickets off Tonge’s bowling.
In reply, the experienced Bethesda opening pair of Winston Noble who was named Man of the Match, and Wilston Charles, completed an easy win taking four singles off four deliveries from Kimani George to seal the victory.
Earlier, Bethesda batted first and made 60 for three with Noble scoring 30 including two sixes and Molvin James scoring 12. Glentis Martin (1-18) and Casmore Trudge (1-18) proved most expensive though they each took a wicket.
New Winthorpes, in reply, made the identical score of 60 for three and was led by an excellent knock from former national and Leeward Islands player Earl Waldron who scored 34, including two effortless sixes in one over off Tonge (1-19). Charles James took one for eight and Wilston Charles one for nine.
In the other semi-final match, Clare Hall’s first time semi-final appearance was short-lived after they were beaten by two-time champions Tindall in a low scoring match.
Clare Hall batted first and made 46 for eight, with Vanroy Gardner top scoring with 15. Vincie Bowen took two for 13. Robin Bascus Jr was outstanding with one for three from his two overs to be named Man of the Match.
Tindall, in reply, made 47 for three in eight overs to secure a seven-wicket win.
Captain Jevon “Boon” Howell made 13 and Bowen who batted to the end for 13 as well were the top scorers for the winners. Zach Thomas took one for eight and Vernal Isidore took one for nine in two overs for the losers.