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Caps, B’pore clash for Intercol title
The giant killers of Carapichaima East will face a consistent Barrackpore West outfit when the PowerGen Secondary Schools Intercol T20 boys final bowls off at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva, from 6 pm today
Prior to the boys final, two-time defending champions Cedros Secondary will battle Holy Name Convent for the girls title from 2.30 pm at the same venue. Cedros is captained by Rashme Deoajit, while underdogs Holy Name are led by Saarah Olton.
The boys final is a repeat of the 2014 final when Barrackpore West defeated Carapichaima East by five runs at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre. Some of those players who featured in that final will be in action again today. The national youth trio of Dejourn Charles, Justin Joseph and Anderson Phillip will line up for Caps again, while Barrackpore will count on Jeron Maniram to guide them to another title.
In the 2014 final Maniram scored 30 and grabbed 2/32 to help his team to victory. Barrackpore West has been consistent in the T20 tournament for a number of years. In 2013 Barrackpore West lost a close final to El Dorado East by two wickets, before making amends with victory in the 2014 final.
After watching Fatima defeat Naparima in the final last year, Barrackpore West has now advanced to another final. Carapichaima East will aim to complete the season with another impressive victory after defeating last year’s finalists Fatima and Naparima on its way to the final.
In the quarterfinals Carapichaima defeated Fatima by three wickets. Fatima, which won the 50-over competition earlier this season, posted a competitive 141/8 batting first before Carapichaima got to 143/7 in 19.3 overs.
In the semifinals Carapichaima inched past Naparima by one wicket in a low scoring encounter. Caps reduced Naparima to a modest 120/6, before limping to 121/9 in 19.1 overs.
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