Micoud Eagles will lock horns with Mon Repos Stars in the first semi-final of the St Lucia T10 Blast 2021 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet on Thursday, May 13.
Led by two-time ICC T20 World Cup-winning captain Daren Sammy, newcomers Micoud Eagles finished the league phase as Group A table-toppers, winning three of their four matches. However, their only loss in the tournament came against Central Castries Mindoo Heritage as they suffered a four-wicket defeat in their last group encounter.
Interestingly, Micoud Eagles had won all their matches in the progression round, defeating Soufriere Sulphur City Stars, Laborie Ray Royals and Vieux fort South Sunrisers.
On the other hand, last year finalists Mon Repos Stars have won two of their four matches in Group B, finishing the league phase in the second spot with five points from four games. They had lost to Choiseul Coal Pots by eight wickets while their fixture against Soufriere Sulphur City Stars was abandoned.
ME vs MRS Dream11 prediction
While Micoud Eagles might have been the most consistent team in the ongoing edition of the St Lucia T10 Blast, Mon Repos Stars head into the semi-final on the back of an eight-wicket win over the Babonneau Leatherbacks in a must-win encounter. Going by current form and past record, last year finalists Mon Repos Stars will start favourites against newcomers Micoud Eagles in the first semi-final.
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Top Tips: Best batsmen
Micoud Eagles will bank on their opening batsman Mervin Wells to score the most runs against Mon Repos Stars in the St Lucia T10 Blast semi-final 1. The 34-year-old has been the leading run-scorer in the tournament so far, scoring 141 runs in six matches at a strike rate of 148.42. He is once again tipped to play an important role for the Eagles on Thursday.
On the other hand, Mon Repos Stars’ Christian Charlery will be the batsman to watch out for against Micoud Eagles. The 23-year-old has been the in-form batsman for his side as he played a valuable 31-run knock against Babonneau Leatherbacks to help the Stars qualify for the semi-final.
Top Tips: Best bowlers
In the bowling department, Lanse Sammy is tipped to be the wrecker-in-chief for Micoud Eagles. Lanse has been the leading wicket-taker in St Lucia T10 Blast 2021, scalping eight wickets in five matches. Picking Lanse Sammy in your team is a no-brainer.
For Mon Repos Stars, Keon Gaston will be the bowler to watch out for. Gaston has always been an economical bowler for his side, also claiming two wickets so far. The 17-year-old will be a good pick in the ME vs MRS dream team.
Top tip: Best wicketkeeper and all-rounder
Mon Repos Stars Sabinus Emmanuel will be the preferred choice for the wicket-keeper position. Emmanuel has contributed both with the bat and gloves in the tournament. Picking the 25-year-old in your fantasy side will surely give you extra points.
As far as all-rounders are concerned, Mon Repos Stars’ Sadrack Descartes has been a revelation in the St Lucia T10 Blast this year. Descartes has scored 84 runs and picked four wickets in the ongoing edition of the tournament.
ME vs MRS probable playing XI
Micoud Eagles playing XI: Shervin Charles (wicket-keeper), Mervin Wells, Garvin Serieux, Murlan Sammy, Daren Sammy (captain), Earvin Frederick, Travis Gifford, Lanse Sammy, Tarrique Edward, Daren Sammy Jr, Micheal Charlery
Mon Repos Stars playing XI: Christian Charlery, Rohan Lesmond, Craig Emmanuel, Sadrack Descartes, Sabinus Emmanuel (wicket-keeper), Keon Gaston, Kevin Augustin (captain), Jamal Lesmond, Hazel Charlery, Dichege Henry, Kurnan Henry.
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