Saint Lucia’s national Under-19 champions Gros-Islet booked their way closer to regain their title with a victory over Mabouya Valley in the quarter-finals of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association Inter-District Under-19 Cricket Tournament on Saturday, June 10 at the Gros-Islet Playing Field.

In a game reduced to 31 overs a side due to a wet wicket, Gros Islet batting first and led by centuries from former West Indies Under-16 batsmen Kimani Melius and Dane Edward, made an imposing 287 without loss in their allotted overs.

Both opening batsmen batted with excellent composure and command as they shared in a massive opening unbroken partnership of 287.

Kimani Melius stoked a magnificent 151 not out which comprised of 13 fours and 9 sixes, while captain Dane Edward hammered 125 not out with 16 fours and 3 sixes.

In reply, a devastating spell of seam bowling from former Windward Islands Under-17 player Stavone Gabriel reduced Mabouya Valley to 137 all out in 26.2 overs, with Denzel James making 52, Chad Martial 17, and Quacy Hobson 15.

Stavone Gabriel bowled with great control and accuracy, grabbing 6 for 15 in 6.2 overs.

The other wicket-takers for Gros Islet were Kymani Sexius with 2 for 28 in 5 overs, and 1 wicket apiece to Lee Solomon, Simeon Gerson, and Keeghan Patrick,as Gros Islet defeated Mabouya Valley by 150 runs.

Meanwhile in the other semi-final, a magnificent spell of fast bowling by Windward Islands Under-15 selectee Tyron Theodore, destroyed the Soufriere Under-19 team to 106 all out from 20.2 overs.

Theodore took 6 for 15 as he sliced through Soufriere’s batting to reduce them to 34 for 6 in the 10th over.

At the other end, he received great support from Craig Elisee who bowled with great hostility and control and created pressure, with the other wicket takers were captain Stuart Calderon with 2, and Qwaine Henry 2.

The only resistance came from all rounder Daryl Francis who scored an unbeaten 54, and Julian Sylvester who was eventually out for 16.

In their turn at the crease Babonneau Under-19s made light work of the target thanks to an unbroken opening partnership of 107 between Qwaine Henry with 42, and Shakeem Edgar 22.

Qwaine treated the crowd to some exquisite straight drives off opening pacer Daryl Francis as both players batted sensibly throughout their innings, as Babonneau advanced to the semi-finals of the 2017 Saint Lucia National Cricket Association Under-19 competition with a 10-wicket win over Soufriere.