Salt Pond Breakers look to dominate Grenadines Divers!
SALT POND BREAKERS to win the match!
The first semi-final of the Vincy Premier League will be between Salt Pond Breakers and Grenadines Divers. The two teams met on the opening match of the season where Salt Pond Breakers won a thriller. Their campaigns then took different routes with Salt Pond Breakers crushing every opponent while Grenadines Divers kept losing matches and finally sneaked to the top four with higher NRR than the Explorers team. Both teams will look to win this match and enter the finals of the league while the loser plays the third-place playoffs.
Salt Pond Breakers are lead by their skipper Sunil Ambris in superb Fashion both with the bat and ball. Sunil Ambris (258 runs), Kadir Nedd(181 runs), and Urnel Thomas (109 runs) have scored almost 80% of the team's runs and are looking in red-hot form.
Their bowling unit has bowled well as a unit with only two bowlers having an economy rate of over 8 RPO. Westrick Strough (11 wickets), Sunil Ambris (9 wickets), Javid Harry (6 wickets), and Delorn Johnson (7 wickets) together form bowling attack that is firing on all cylinders. Beniton Stapleton and Donwell hector chip with their services to finish the fifth bowler`s quota.
Sunil Ambris – Ambris is having a dream season with 258 runs at a strike rate of 175 & 9 wickets at an economy of just 5.4 RPO. He is the Most Valuable Player of the tournament by a huge margin.
Kadir Nedd – Kadir Nedd has been the perfect opening partner for Ambris with 181 runs at a strike rate of 150. Their opening partnership will be a big factor in this semi-final.
Sunil Ambris, Kadir Nedd, Donwell Hector, Urnel Thomas, Wesrick Strough, Delorn Johnson, Javid Harry, Beniton Stapleton, Richie Walker, Stephen Sween, K Peters
Grenadines Divers entered the semi-finals thanking Dark View explorers to make the cut with a win in their last 4 matches. Shem Browne and Wayne Harper shared a 63-run partnership last match after their top order was reduced to 17/3. Alex Samuel (136 runs) and Asif Hopper (152 runs) have to lead their batting department from the front so far.
Obed McCoy (8 wickets) is their bowling spearhead and he brings his international experience of good use here. The trio of Asif Hopper (7 wickets), Braxie Browne (7 wickets), & Razine Browne (6 wickets) have a combined tally of 20 wickets and have provided the crucial breakthrough in all the matches.
Asif Hopper - Hopper is leading his team superbly with 156 runs at a strike rate of 170 and 8 wickets with the ball at an economy of 6.5 RPO. He opens both the bowling and batting for his team.
Obed McCoy – Obed McCoy has 8 wickets at an economy of 7.7 RPO so far. He has brilliant figures in the last few matches and they read as 2/14, 1/13, 1/5, & 2/11 respectively. He has improved as the tournament progressed.
Asif Hopper, Alex Samuel, Shem Browne, Richie Richards, Romario Pierre, Obed McCoy, Samuel Roberts, Wayne Harper, Razine Browne, Geron Wyllie, Braxie Browne
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||1.44 mm.||1.23 k/h||From: SE||69%|
|03h||26||2.59 mm.||1.03 k/h||From: ENE||87%|
|06h||24||0 mm.||0.6 k/h||From: ENE||96%|
|09h||24||0.64 mm.||0.75 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|12h||25||0.65 mm.||1.29 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|15h||31||0 mm.||3.18 k/h||From: SE||58%|
|18h||32||0 mm.||4.45 k/h||From: SE||66%|
|21h||30||0 mm.||3.88 k/h||From: SE||100%|
Kingston has cool, breezy and cloudy weather on the match day and we hope rain won’t play a huge role in the semifinal matches.
The pitch will be hard to play for the batsmen due to its used nature and we can expect scores to plunge down to 80s & 90s instead of 100+ scores scored earlier.
Despite chasing teams having a good win ratio in the last two days batting first is the safe option in big matches and we have seen teams succumb to chasing pressure in earlier matches.
Both teams are lead by their respective skippers (Sunil Ambris & Asif Hopper) with inspiring all-round performances. Salt Pond Breakers have been over the line in tense matches while Divers failed to get over the line. Divers despite losing the last two matches they put on a good show to lose at the crunch moments. It will be the biggest shock if Divers defeat Breakers but the best team on the day wins in knockouts with form and momentum counting very less.
SALT POND BREAKERS to win the match!