Trinidad and Tobago’s Queen’s Park Club proved a bit too strong for The Dominica Schools Team today, defeating them by 98 runs at the Empire Sports Club Ground at Bank Hall, St Michael as the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Under-19 Tournament continued.†
Dominica Schools won the toss and elected to field and the boys from Trinidad and Tobago romped to 150 all out in 32.5 overs, to which the Dominica Schools team were only able to muster 52 all out in 24.3 overs.†
Queen’s Park Club were in trouble from as early as the second over and wickets continued to tumble. After 15 overs they were 50 with six wickets down and appearing doomed to a very paltry score. But thanks to a 69-run partnership between Shakeel Johnson, who made 38 not out, and Tion Webster, who made 29, the twin-island republic boys were able to get their team out of a very deep hole.
Jonathon Fraser also chipped in with 15 runs to add a bit more respectability to the total.†Tavron George was the pick of the Dominica Schools bowling attack, taking three wickets for 15 runs in four overs, while Dishon Joseph took two wickets for 23 runs in eight overs. Jerion Bonnie also captured two wickets for 33 runs in seven overs and Kimron George took two wickets for 30 runs in six overs.†
There were a whopping 35 extras in the Queen’s Club innings with 30 wides, three leg byes, and two byes helping to contribute significantly to their total of 150.†
Dominica Schools found batting even more problematic than the initial efforts of the Trinidad and Tobago team. After losing their first wicket in the sixth over for 14 runs, they slumped to 46 for 6 wickets by the 15th over.†
Things got no better for the Nature Isle boys and the Queen’s Club spin bowlers spun a web around them. By the 24th over, Dominica Schools had capitulated to 52 all out.†
Right-arm leg-spin bowler Jesse Bootman took three wickets for two runs in four overs. Medium-pace bowler Shakeel Johnson also contributed with the ball, taking three wickets for 20 runs in eight overs and Sheaham Bayne captured two wickets for 20 runs in eight overs. (ML)††††