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Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: Semifinalists decided

Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: Salt Pond Breakers, La Soufriere Hikers (both 14 points), Botanic Garden Rangers (10 points) and Grenadines Divers (4 points) are the four teams in the semifinals.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: May 30, 2020 4:39:37 pm
VPL Blog VPL T10 Highlights: Asif Hooper runs out Sunil Ambris on Day 7 of the VPL (Screenshot/Fancode)

Vincy Premier T10 League 2020 Highlights: The VPL had its last day of league matches on Friday, with one spot in the knockouts still up for grabs. Salt Pond Breakers, La Soufriere Hikers (both 14 points), Botanic Garden Rangers (10 points) and Grenadines Divers (4 points) are the four teams in the semifinals, as the points table stand after the end of the league phase of the competition on Friday.

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Dark View Explorers lost their match to Salt Pond Breakers, thus eliminating them from the competition. The first match on the day was won by La Soufriere Hikers over Fort Charlotte Strikers. The second match was won by the Botanic Garden Rangers, who beat Grenadine Divers on the last ball by four wickets.

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VPL T10 Highlights:

23:44 (IST)29 May 2020
Semi final line up

The VPL will have its knockout matches over the weekend, with the semifinals taking place on Saturday. 
The two semifinals will be:
Salt Pond Breakers vs Grenadines Divers 
La Soufriere Hikers vs Botanic Garden Rangers

Salt Pond and La Soufriere have been the two most dominant teams in this competition so far and will be the faovurites to win their matches on Saturday to head into Sunday's final

23:41 (IST)29 May 2020
Salt Pond win by 20 runs

63/9 is the total Dark View Explorers get to in their 10 overs. The Salt Pond Breakers complete proceedings, winning the match by 20 runs. They finish top of the points table. The Dark View Explorers finish 5th and are knocked out.

23:36 (IST)29 May 2020
60/7 after 9 overs

A run out in the over as well. The Explorers' campaign has gone up in smoke. There would be an exuberant Grenadine Divers team celebrating right now, thanking the Salt Pond Breakers for getting this one over the Explorers. Wesrick Strough to bowl the last over of the league phase. The Explorers need an improbable 24 runs off the over to remain alive in the tournament.

23:30 (IST)29 May 2020
Delorn vs Greaves

Delorn Johnson vs Deron Greaves to start off the 9th over. The last chance of avoiding a knockout blow for Greaves and the Explorers. And he starts off with a six! 27 needed off 11. The second ball is also smashed in the same area. But this time he is caught in the deep. Greaves has to depart for 17. Delorn wins this contest and that is probably that for the Explorers' campaign.

27 needed off 10 balls.

23:28 (IST)29 May 2020
51/5 after 8 overs

Ambris comes back to bowl the 8th over. And he picks up another wicket! Andrew Thomas is done for by the turn Ambris gets. The Salt Pond Breakers are all over the Explorers now. Thomas goes for 3 to end that fledgling partnership. Greaves, on 11, is seeing a parade of partners coming and going at the other end.

33 needed in the last 2 overs

23:23 (IST)29 May 2020
47/4 after 7 overs

A dramatic dismissal! Wesrick Strough comes in to bowl his brand of searing pace for the first time in the match and he proves to be too good for O Jay Mathews. Mathews, shuffling around in his crease too much, is out after the ball strikes his body and then hits the stumps. Mathews goes for 1. Andrew Thomas joins Greaves as the Explorers see their hopes of reaching the knockouts sink deeper. Greaves, on 10 not out, is the hope on which their hopes rest.

37 needed off the last 3 overs

23:17 (IST)29 May 2020
41/3 after 6 overs

It's time for Sunil Ambris. And he gets the big fish! Lindon James is out! Lbw for 9 runs. Ambris gives Lindon a send-off. And the Explorers find themselves in big trouble with their skipper gone. O Jay Mathews the new man in. Greaves has to take control of this chase for the Explorers to stand a chance of continuing their tournament past the league stage. Greaves ends the over with a boundary, flicked off the pads.

23:12 (IST)29 May 2020
33/2 after 5 overs - 51 needed in 5 overs to win

Lindon James slams the first six of the innings. Greaves and Lindon content to deal in singles for the rest of the over. 51 runs off 5 overs needed to win.

23:08 (IST)29 May 2020
24/2 after 4 overs

Shamon Hooper gets into the act in the fourth over as Javid Harry continues. A big cover drive for four. But Harry comes back well. Straightens his line and drags back the length. Hooper, in two minds, goes for the pull and is caught in the infield. The Explorers have lost both their openers cheaply. Deron Greaves joins Lindon James, with the onus on the two experienced campaigners to shepherd the chase from a difficult situation.

23:03 (IST)29 May 2020
18/1 after 3 overs

Stapleton bowls the third over. Kody Horne gets a four with a slap down the ground. But he is then out lbw as Stapleton angles one in. Lindon James comes in at No 3 with the score at 17/1.

22:58 (IST)29 May 2020
8/0 after 2 overs

Javid Harry bowls the 2nd over. Hooper and Horne not taking too many risks in these early stages. Horne finds the boundary with a drive piercing the infield. First boundary in the innings. Runs coming mostly in ones and twos for now.

22:54 (IST)29 May 2020
2/0 after 1 over

Kody Horne and Shamon Hooper open the innings for the Explorers. The Explorers change their batting order around for the big match. Lindon James saves himself up for the later part of the chase. Delorn Johnson starts for the Breakers. And he bowls on a short line, leaving the batsmen in no position to play their strokes. Only 2 runs from the over!

22:42 (IST)29 May 2020
Explorers need 84 to win, 83 to qualify for semis

84 to win for the Dark View Explorers. If they can get 84, they also go through to the semifinals. Even if they get 83, they go to the semifinals. Anything less than that, it is the Grenadine Divers who go through. These are some tense moments in the Divers setup right now. We saw how furious captain Asif Hooper was with his players when they lost the match in the last ball. 

22:39 (IST)29 May 2020
83/6 after 10 overs

The same script continues in the last over. Delorn Johnson and Rickford Walker fail to conect with anything as Lindon James bowls accurately. Delorn Johnson manages to connect with one finally. Frees his arms and brings up a big six. And again, the box with the replacement balls need to be brought out. Delorn moves to 14. And he is bowled off the fifth ball. He goes for 14. Rickford Walker stays not out on 9 off 12 balls. Lindon James picks up two wickets in the last two balls.

22:35 (IST)29 May 2020
74/4 after 9 overs

The Explorers continue strangling the score in the 9th over. Delorn Johnson and Rickford Walker swinging at balls but they are not connecting with much. Delorn Johnson and Walker both on 7 runs each as we head into the last over. Lindon James takes the ball in the last over.

22:31 (IST)29 May 2020
67/4 after 8 overs

Urnel Thomas is run out! Sealron Williams, who got the wickets of the two openers, comes back to bowl the 8th over and there is another big wicket straightaway. Urnel Thomas is let down by Rickford Walker, who refused to respond to the non-striker's call, and Urnel is out for 4. Delorn Johnson comes out at No 6. What had looked to be a 100+ projected score when Ambris was batting has sudenly become a far more modest one.

22:27 (IST)29 May 2020
58/3 after 7 overs

Greaves comes back to finish off his overs. And he picks a wicket straightaway. Donwell Hector skies the second ball and Andrew Thomas comes around to complete the catch. Donwell departs for 3, bringing out Rickford Walker to join Urnel. Urnel is content to deal in singles for now. He has finished the innings for his team before, and he wants to be there in the last 2 overs. Greaves bowls an excellent over. Just 2 runs off it. One wicket. And one close call against the new man in. 

22:23 (IST)29 May 2020
56/2 after 6 overs

Donwell Hector and Urnel Thomas are the new men in for the Salt Pond Breakers. Man of the moment Shamon Hooper bowls the 6th over and the Explorers ramp up the chatter as they see the Salt Pond Breakers feel the pressure for the first time. Hooper beats Urnel's bat with consecutive deliveries. A drop in the scoring aftet those two wickets but Urnel and Donwell can have a go at the bowlers if they can settle in for another over or two.

22:20 (IST)29 May 2020
50/2 after 4.5 overs

Ambris is caught in the deep. Shamon Hooper comes up with another splendid catch near the ropes. The little guy has been one of the best fielders in the VPL. Ambris departs for 21 after a bright start. And then Nedd goes as well, outfoxed by the same bowler, Sealron Williams. Nedd goes for 21. The Salt Pond Breakers have lost both their openers in the same over after a bright start.

22:16 (IST)29 May 2020
47/0 after 4 overs

Kadir Nedd lays into the bowler in the 4th over, probably feeling left behind by the surge in Ambris's scoring. A four and a six against Andrew Thomas to start off the over. Thomas responds by going to a line wide outside off stump, forcing Nedd to chase him. Nedd moves to 18. Ambris on 21.