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East to challenge Southeast today
East will come up against Southeast in the first semifinals of the Senior Interzone today at 10 am at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba.
Southeast booked their place in the semifinals with a 20-run win over South on Wednesday night at the same facility. They will be hoping to get past an East outfit which includes the likes of Lendl Simmons and Rayad Emrit. Emrit, in particular, has been in great form and claimed 6/27 leading up to this game.
Tomorrow at the same venue, Central Zone will clash with North.
Central topped Group “A” with three wins in as many matches for a total of nine points. They will start as favourites to get past North Zone, who finished runners-up in Group “B” with six points from two wins.
The series has generated a lot of interest given the fact that the top local players like Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Emrit and Simmons have been involved.
Added to them a number of T&T Red Force players have made themselves available, all seeking retainer contracts.
This series, which was organised by the board due to the financial constraints facing clubs may well be a blessing in disguise according to the chairman of the organising committee Patrick Rampersad.
He said: “What this series has done is to revive interest in Interzone cricket. The competition has been very competitive, the players have shown great commitment and the rivalry has been keen.
“There has already been some preliminary discussions into deepening this Interzone rivalry by hosting a T20 Interzone tournament next year. Although the 50 overs tournament was removed from the club’s control, the idea is not to take the T20 away from the clubs but play two tournaments.
Rampersad added, “We are very happy with what we have seen and team’s and management must be congratulated for making this a success. We are hoping to see good crowds on the weekend at Lara Academy as we look to bring back that interest in domestic cricket.”
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