News day / His heroics with bat and ball earned him the coveted Man-ofthe- Match award as Unity deservedly joined their North East Zone colleagues Biche Sports in the semi-finals of the $34,000 competition featuring the top two T20 teams in zonal cricket.
After being sent in to bat Debe T-Birds were dismissed for 113 in 19.5 overs with Charles doing the damage claiming an elusive fivefor in conceding just 15 runs in 23 balls. He received excellent support from Kerwin Badal who claimed three wickets for 18 runs in four overs, while Kiezon Bolah and Cleveland Vialva took one apiece.
Unity reached the victory target and finished on 115 for eight wickets in 17.4 overs.
Debe T-Birds had earlier staged a good recovery after losing their first wicket with just six runs on the board as captain and opening batsman Krishna Partap scored 32 with two fours, and Denesh Victor blasting 39 off 31 balls with four boundaries.
They would have fancied their chances of cruising into the last four of the tournament as Unity, despite a rapid 30 from opening batsman Jonathan Narine in 25 balls, lost wickets at regular intervals and at one stage were 73 for seven wickets.
But Charles showed his prowess with the bat, coming in lower down in the order and featured in three valuable face-saving partnerships with fellow bowlers Bolah, Badal and Sherwin Diaz to take his team over the line.
Best of the Debe T-Birds bowlers was Michael Moonilal who grabbed four wickets for 22 in his allotted four overs, while David Sultan claimed two for 13, and also effected a run-out.
The last two quarter-final matches in the Courts Inter Club T20 were scheduled for yesterday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, with the semi-finals carded for August 6 at the NCC.
The winners of the tournament will collect $15,000. together with the championship trophy and gold medals. The runners-up will pocket $10,000 and medals, and the third placed team will take home $3,000. The club placing fourth will be entitled to $2,000.
There will also be $1,000 each and a trophy for: The Most Valuable Player of the tournament; the Golden Bat winner for the scorer of the most runs; the Golden Arm Award for the bowler talking the most wickets; and for the bowler finishing with the best economy rate.