The Semi Final of the Masters Cricket Festival was played on Sunday May 2nd, 2016 at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground between Islanders and New Park. In a game that was reduced to 15 overs per side after a prolonged rain delay, New park lost the toss and were invited to take first knock. Their opening pair of Tyrone Harris and Hensley ”Afwechie” Paul struggled to lay bat on ball due to the prodigious amount of swing generated by Vincent Mitchell and Horace Fraser. The support bowlers did an equally good job and by the time the 15 overs were bowled New Park could only manage 129 for the loss of 6 wickets. Tyrone Harris 33 and Hensley Paul 30 were the main contributors. Bowling for Islanders, Euphonius ”I Man” Daniel took 2 for 12 in 2 overs.
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When Islanders replied they made a slow start and managed only 9 runs in the first 3 overs. However Rafeek Ali stepped on the gas in the fourth over with good support from Shane Sydney. After getting to 62 for no loss in 8 overs, Ali was forced to temporarily leave the field due to injury. This brought the out of form Deldridge ”Logie” Flavius to the wicket and in combination with Sydney and Paul Didier, the scoring rate slowed down appreciably. New Park had virtually clawed their way back into the match. With 57 still needed in 5 overs New park smelled victory. However the arrival of skipper Vincent ”Dixie” Mitchell who has been Islanders’ ”Master Blaster” for the tournament turned the game on its head when he immediately struck Tyrone Harris for three massive sixes in one over. Mitchell continued to boss the bowling and fittingly ended the game with another humongous six over long on off Brian Calixte.
Mitchell finished on 41 off 16 balls, Ali, who returned to resume his innings made 43 off 25 balls and Sydney 22 off 24 balls. Islanders made 130 for the loss of 3. They will meet Castries in the final on a date to be decided . Meanwhile the Masters Cricket League wish to thank The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Eagle freight & Brokerage Services, St. Lucia Workers Credit Union, Amurbroise Co. Ltd; GTM Insurance and North South Enterprises Ltd. for their kind support of the Festival.