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Courts T20 Inter-Club Semifinal On Tonight

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NAZARITE and Progressive, winners of the T20 cricket competition in their respective zones will clash on Tuesday (June 27) in the first semi-final of the Courts Inter-Club tournament from 6 pm at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva. The teams have never faced each other before but Nazarite, champions of the South East Zone […]

NAZARITE and Progressive, winners of the T20 cricket competition in their respective zones will clash on Tuesday (June 27) in the first semi-final of the Courts Inter-Club tournament from 6 pm at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

The teams have never faced each other before but Nazarite, champions of the South East Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, are brimming with confidence at the prospect of reaching their first Courts T20 final.

And they are relying heavily on their young, promising players to take them into the previously unknown territory of a national championship final where they will meet either Tobago side C&B Sports, or HYO.

Nazarite allrounder Macaine Smith said on Monday, after two postponements because of bad weather, his team is chomping at the bit to do the business against Progressive and prove that they can compete at the highest level of the Championship Division.

He said that that Under-19 national player Cephas Cooper and his elder brother Silas, both opening batsmen are expected to provide the firepower at the top of the order to post a challenging on Tuesday against their opponents.

He also highlighted the contribution so far of Negus Smith, the Nazarite captain, who bats and also bowls off-breaks to make his presence felt if they are to turn back Progressive. Smith also is optimistic that he can continue his extremely low economy rate with his medium pacers to make an impact.

“We have been applying the basics so far in the competition. That is how we play. We will be doing the same against Progressive and I am confident we will come out on top. We are all fit and ready for the semi-final,” said Smith.

Progressive on the other hand will also be looking to add Nazarite to their list of victims after winning the South West Zone T20 competition. Their players come from the Cedros, Fullerton and Bonasse districts at the extreme tip of the island.

They too are treading unknown territory but are a confident bunch having gained useful experience playing for Cedros Composite in the Secondary Schools Cricket League, with some players from Palo Seco adding depth to their line-up.

Among the highlights of their progress so far has been left-arm spinner Eldon Brown who is being looked upon as key to what is shaping up to be a keen tussle for supremacy among two teams from the outer reaches of the local cricket landscape.

Last week the battle to qualify for the other semi-final of the Courts T20 Inter-Club tournament was won by C&B Sports Club at Roxborough. They beat Woodland by five wickets with just eight balls remaining.

Woodland, batting first made 136 for seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs with Sidel Diaz top-scoring with 36, while Raj Singh of C&B Sports grabbed 3 for 14. C&B easily overhauled their target reaching 139 for five, with good contributions coming from Joel Boyce (36), Ako George (25) and Marcus Daniel (24).

For Woodland, Bisson Agard returned figures of three for 22.

C&B will now play HYO in the second semi-final on a date which will be finalised soon after flight confirmation by the TTCB is secured for the Tobago team to travel to Trinidad.

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