CASTLETOWN and Cronkbourne have upset all the odds to go through to the final of the Standard Bank League Cup.
In Sunday’s semi-finals they swept aside favourites St John’s and Ramsey to set up an exciting clash to end the season.
Both teams had been drawn away to higher rated teams, but the magic of the cup provided two shock results.
At Mullen-e-Cloie Travis Friend shattered the St John’s top order with 10 overs of high-class bowling. He ended his spell with three wickets for just 15 runs and six of those overs were maidens.
Saints’ opener Daniel Dickinson continued his excellent form with a well-struck 32 before he was caught by Gareth Morris off the bowling of John Short. Akkie Van Den Berg and Nick Hawke boosted the middle order until the arrival of Garreth Roome in the attack.
His first over went for 10 runs, but he then settled down and the next nine overs cost only 19 runs and provided four wickets. John Short claimed 3-23 from the other end as St John’s were dismissed for 94.
In reply Town lost an early wicket and then had to contend with tight bowling from Van Den Berg. Friend and skipper Wicus Wessels built a solid partnership and took the total to 62 before Russell Miller struck.
He took the prize scalp of Friend for 36 and Van Den Berg trapped Wessels lbw for 25. Morris was going well until Miller had him caught by Neil Jacobs. A calm innings from Mark Williams steadied the side and Castletown got home by five wickets.
In the north of the island, the Cronkbourne batsmen had a field day. Paul Haswell hit an aggressive 91 as the Douglas side raced to 254 for 8. Adam McAuley gave good support with 33, but the Ramsey bowlers struggled. Charlie Whipp ended with three wickets while Jamie Moffatt and Shaun Kelly claimed two each.
The northerners then lost both openers for 20 but battled on. Moffatt crashed 38 and Ashley Webster hit 47, but the Cronkbourne bowlers were well on top. The spin of Zaeem Jafri, who took three wickets, and the skill of Andy Vels proved too much and Ramsey ended on 158 all out from 38 overs.
The competition’s final takes place at Tromode on Sunday, September 18 with an 11am start.
Standard Bank League Cup Semi Finals
Cronkbourne 254 for 8 (Paul Haswell 91, Adam McAuley 33: Charlie Whipp 3-46, Jamie Moffatt 2-49, Shaun Kelly 2-38); Ramsey 158 (Ashley Webster 47, Jamie Moffatt 38: Zaeem Jafri 3-35, Andy Vels 2-27). Cronkbourne won by 96 runs.
St John’s 94 (Daniel Dickinson 32, Akkie Van Den Berg 17: Garreth Roome 4-29, Travis Friend 3-15); Castletown 95 for 5 (Travis Friend 36, Wicus Wessels 25: Akkie Van Den Berg 3-33, Russell Miller 2-24). Castletown won by five wickets.
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