By Neto Baptiste
Former West Indies and Leeward Islands player, Gavin Tonge, hit a half century to guide CUB Bethesda Golden Eagles into the final of the State Insurance Corporation Super 40 cricket competition on Saturday.
Playing at home, Tonge slammed six fours and two sixes as he batted not out for 50 as Bethesda successfully chased 152 for a comfortable seven-victory over New Winthorpes Lions in the first of two semifinals played over the weekend.
There were also contributions with the bat from Essan Warner and Kevin Pitman who both added 32 runs to the effort. There was 22 from captain Deran Benta.
Earlier, Lions managed to post a score of 151 in 32 overs after they asked to bat by the home team. Their best effort with the bat came from Hilroy Andrew who made 40. Ian Eusebe added 36 to the effort as New Winthorpes occupied the crease for two hours and nine minutes in a match reduced by eight overs due to a late start because of a wet pitch.
Warner was the pick of the bowlers for the home team with two wickets for 40 runs in seven overs.
The second semifinal between Anderson E Carty Empire Nation and Jennings cricket team was slated for Sunday in Jennings.