QPCC suffer early exit from UWI T20

Queen’s Park Cricket Club made a surprise exit in the UWI T20 tournament on a rain-affected opening day of the event on Wednesday at St Augustine.

In Group A matches, Cane Farm stunned Central Sports by 20 runs in the opening match before the rains affected both QPCC’s matches.

The Parkites beat Cane Farm on a bowl-off after rain ruined their opening match against Cane Farm, and then lost a 10-over match against Central Sports.

Cane Farm and Central Sports had a superior net run rate and advanced to the quarterfinals from Group A, ending QPCC’s hopes of taking the UWI T20 title.

In the opening game Cane Farm posted 191/6 in their 20 overs with Imran Khan scoring 53, Anthony Simmons 47 and Lendl Simmons 41.

Central Sports got a thrilling 63 off 34 balls from Jahron Alfred and 54 from Kjorn Ottley.

However, the experienced trio of Rayad Emrit (3/36), Ravi Rampaul (2/15) and Imran Khan (1/27) put the brakes on Central Sports scoring as they fell short by 20 runs.

Khan, for his wicket and half-century, was named Man of the Match.

Cane Farm was in action again four hours later against Queen’s Park Cricket Club, one of the tournament’s favorites.

QPCC batted first and plastered the Cane Farm attack for 172/3 in 19.2 overs before the rains came and ended play in the match.

Tion Webster played an awesome hand of 72 off 48 balls with Daron Crickshank blasting a quickfire 57 (39).

With Cane Farm unable to bat, the match was decided by a bowl-off.

Akeal Hosein and Darren Bravo hit the stumps for the Parkites, while only Jon-Russ Jagessar got a hit for Cane Farm.

QPCC won via the bowl-off 2-1.

While Queen’s Park won, they did not have a net run rate as Cane Farm never batted, which left Central Sports needing a win to move forward to the quarterfinals.

Shazan Babwah’s team had a negative run rate after their loss to Cane Farm ahd needed a win in the worst possible way.

Due to time for rain, the match was reduced to 10 overs per side.

The Parkites made good use of their 60-ball innings, scoring 123/3.

Webster again played a spectacular hand with 65 off 27 balls, while Daren Bravo hitting 28 (20) and Nicholas Pooran 21 (10).

Central Sports needing a win to progress to the quarterfinals responded magnificently.

Kjorn Ottley smashed 62 not out off only 27 balls and Babwah’s 24 (14) delivered the win for Central Sports with four balls to spare.

Ottley was Man of the Match as Central Sports got out of jail and eliminated QPCC from the tournament.