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Downer heroics send Old Harbour into SDC T20 semis | Former champions defeat Race Course by one wicket

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Erron Downer starred with both bat and ball for Old Harbour as the former champions edged a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Race Course to reach the SDC T20 semi-finals for the fourth time in history.

Clarendon champions, Race Course played brilliantly, albeit in a losing effort, as they fell just short of the 157 victory target set by Old Harbour at the Three Hills Oval in St Mary on Sunday.

If Race Course were brilliant then Old Harbour, particularly Downer was exceptionally brilliant bowling the last over with the Clarendonians needing 10 runs to secure an amazing triumph.

All hopes rest on the shoulders of former West Indies bowler Krishmar Santokie, who smashed 21 runs off the 19th and penultimate over. The intense battle was, however, truly turn on its head when Santokie was off strike and Race Course needing two runs from the last three balls of the match.

Downer kept his nerves like an experience pro, as Romario Edwards (28) and Santokie (55) were both caught respectively by schoolboys Krischon Givans and Robert Johnson off the fifth and sixth deliveries for a superb win.

Earlier Race Course won the toss and inserted Old Harbour to bat first. Downer held the innings together with a topscore of 46, while Kamar Isaacs made 19, as the two-time champions posted 156 for nine off 20 overs. Hamlet Stewart was the pick of the Race Course bowlers with figures of three for 30.

Race Course were pegged back early in their reply, reaching 60 for five after 11 overs. A 95-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Santokie and Edwards brought their team within the clutches of snatching victory, but were stopped dead in their tracks at 155 for seven by the heroics of Downer, who took two for 23.

In the early game, Heartease of St Thomas defeated St Ann champions Summer Hill by five wickets. In another close battle, Summer Hill first posted 184 for nine off 20 overs, while Heartease responded with 185 for five, achieving victory with one ball to spare.

Meanwhile, defending champions Junction/Bull Savannah remain on course to retain their title after completing an easy seven wicket win over Trelawny’s Granville at Treasure Beach. The St Elizabeth champs dismissed the visitors for 71 all out in 17 overs, before racing to 72 for three in 11.3 overs.

Wild card entrant, Greater Portmore’s amazing run continue as they claimed a fantastic last-ball win over Orange Hill of Westmoreland in the Treasure Beach curtain-raiser.

Batting first after winning the toss, Orange Hill amassed 130 for nine from 20 overs.

In their run chase, Greater Portmore remained in the hunt until the very last ball. With two runs required off the final delivery they achieved victory to set-up another clash with arch nemesis Old Harbour in the August 13 semi-final double-header at Ultimate Jerk Centre at 10:00 am.

Junction/Bull Savannah will play Heartease in the second semi-final at the same venue, starting 2:00 pm.

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