WESTERN BUREAU:Strike Force, which have appeared unbeatable these past weeks, logged another battling victory, this time a tense, but exciting, 300-279 win over Cool Wave in the J. Wray and Nephew Western Domino competition's Premier League.
The eventual 21-point victory was not as easy as it looked as Cool Wave - with Horace Traile and Beresford Sang - made it a tough outing for the pair of Easton Smith and Lloyd 'Wild Gilbert' Lovindeer, who had to dig deep not once, but twice to stave off another Cool Wave surge.
Courtesy of the win, Strike Force advanced to the semi-final and await the winner of Sunday's second quarter-final clash between defending champions Fighter Jet and hot rivals Assassin at Caribatik in Trelawny.
The Assassin team must now be feeling a degree of invincibility after twice defeating the champions over the course of the regular season.
"I know I have been saying that the league has been throwing up very exciting games, but this Fighter Jet/Assassin clash will take it up a notch higher," said Walford Morgriege, the league's director.
"Certainly, it could not be any better than this. These are two very attacking domino teams, and so we are expecting another top-rated match-up between them," he said.
In the Division One quarter-finals, Dynasty prevailed in a thrilling 35 points win over Tropical Riddim to roll into the semi-final, where they will play the winner of Long Bay United-Top Class match.
But the match of the day was the Strike Force-Cool Wave encounter, with every game bringing an increased level of hyper play from both sides as they battled to stave off a memorable defeat.
At half-time, Strike Force led 152-140. They extended the lead to 36 points, but Cool Wave battled to within 18 points. The game was on the line with each passing shott and Strike Force fought back gallantly to win by the eventual 21 points.