Finally, there is good news for cricket fans in Saint Lucia with the announcement by the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) earlier this week that spectators are now allowed to view the matches being played in the inaugural Dream X1 T10 Blast at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG). This took place from yesterday (July 3rd).
According to the SLNCA, fans wishing to take in the showpiece can purchase tickets at the Johnson Charles Stand entrance adjacent to the National Tennis Centre (NTC), as this will be the only entrance to the venue for spectators.
Spectators coming to the DSCG are also reminded that health protocols will be observed – masks must be worn to gain entry.
The showpiece resumes today (Saturday 4th) from 12.30 p.m. with the third match in the Super 4 between Mon Repos Stars (MRS) and South Castries Lions (SCL) and at 2.30 p.m. Central Castries Mindoo Phillip Heritage (CCMPH) against Gros Islet Cannon Blasters (GICB).
On Sunday 5th, from 10.00 a.m. fans will be treated to a special game as players of yesteryear, representing a combined veterans team, take on a Celebrity XI.
From 12.30 p.m. Mon Repos Stars play South Castries Lions and at 2.30 p.m. CCMPH plays Gros Islet Cannon Blasters.
On Friday 3rd at 12.30 p.m. in Game 1 of the Super 4, rivals South Castries Lions took on Central Castries Mindoo Heritage; Game 2, Mon Repos Stars played Gros Islet Cannon Blasters at 2.30 p.m.
At present its way too early to determine who will play who in the semifinal on Monday 6th, from 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m., respectively.
On Tuesday 7th from 10.00 a.m. the women will start things off with their much talked about Final with national players Zaida James, Quina Joseph, and Ashlene Edwards expected to lead the charge for their teams.
The 3rd and 4th place silverware for the men will bowl off from 12.30 p.m. and then the big one, the grand final slated for 2.30 p.m. It’s anyone’s guess who will be crowned Dream X1 Saint Lucia T10 Blast 2020 champions.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, in the final round of preliminary matches in Game 1, Match No. 20 at 12.30 p.m, Soufriere Sulphur City Stars (SSCS) decided to bowl first against South Castries Lions who scored 126 for the loss of 1 wicket, that of Johnson Charles for 0. Alex Antoine top scored with 79 off 37 balls including 7 fours and 6 sixes, Tonius Simon 39.
Bowling for SSCS, Shani Mesmain scored 1 for 23.
Needing 127 for victory, SSCS could only manage 106 for 6 in 10 overs with Bradley Tisson (scoring 38 off 14 balls) and Shani Mesmain (28) being the main contributors with the bat.
Bowling for SCL, Xavier Gabriel picked up 2 for 18 and Kester Charlemagne bagged 2 for 21, Alex Antoine 1 for 11 and Daniel Baptiste 1 for 17.
SCL won by 20 runs. Alex Antoine was adjudged Man of the Match for his 79 with the bat and picking up 1 wicket for 11 runs.
Game No. 2, Match No. 21, Central Castries Mindoo Philip Heritage chose to bat and scored 126 for 6 in 10 overs against Vieux Fort North Raiders. For CCMPH, Ackeem Auguste scored 43 off 18 balls at a strike rate of 239.89. Alleyne Prospere secured 40 off 15 deliveries and Keddy Lesporis 19.
Bowling for Vieux Fort North Raiders (VFNR), Travis Gifford 1 for 14; Ernell Sextius 1 for 15 and Al Prince 1 for 32.
Chasing 127 for victory at a run rate of 12.7 runs per over, VFNR could only manage 65 for 5 off their allotted 10 overs with Jevin Isidore getting 18 off 23; Curtly Johnny 13 off 15 balls, and Ernell Sexius 9.
Bowling for CCMPH, Dillan John had 1 for 6; Alleyne Prospere bagged 2 for 7 and Alvin Prospere 1 for 24.
CCMPH won by 61 runs; Alleyne Prospere for his 40 off 15 deliveries and picking up 2 for 7 was adjudged Man of The Match.