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South Africa through to Champions Trophy semis, West Indies out – 14th Jun 2013

The  rain  and the Duckworth–Lewis scoring system had the last say as West Indies today crashed out of the Champions Trophy in England. The West Indies were chasing  South Africa’s 230/6 off  their allotted 31 overs, which were reduced because of rain.

The WI were off to a good start but the loss of wickets at crucial times proved their undoing.  The final blow was when they lost Kieron Pollard at the start of the 27th over. Had Pollard not gotten out, the par score when the rains came shortly after  would have been 187. Instead of the 190 which put them level with South Africa. The match was declared a tie and South Africa went through because of their superior run rate. Both teams were level on points at this stage. So South Africa will join India as the other team to go forward from Group B into the semi-finals.

So heartbreak for Pollard and the West Indies. They will have to wait until next year to have another go at the Champion’s Trophy.

The Scotiabank/Pepsi  schools football tournament is set to end this weekend with the Champion male and female teams from Berbice, Georgetown and Linden clashing for the title of champion team.

Colin Baker is one of the organisers and he said that all the schools are very excited  and raring to go.

Baker said that the level of the competition was very high.

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