by Marissa Lindsay
Defending champions Combermere will be heading to Kensington Oval tomorrow to defend their title in the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Under-19 tournament after defeating English team Sedbergh by two wickets today at the Empire Cricket Ground, Bank Hall, St. Michael.
Sedbergh won the toss and elected to bat, and after spending two hours and seven minutes at the crease, they were only able to post a score of 149 for eight in their 40 overs.
The English team started off rather slowly as the opening pair of Tom Carlyle and Jack Jessop labored to 29 before the first wicket fell in the tenth over. Carlyle was dismissed for eight runs after being trapped LBW off the bowling of fast bowler Ian Boyce. This brought Ollie Field to the crease.
A further 22 runs were added before Jessop was run out by Mathew Jones for 26 which was the highest score of the Sedbergh innings.
Field followed soon after, making a patchy nine runs before being stumped by wicketkeeper Shane Proverbs off off-spinner Chad Williams. This brought Graeme Francis in at number four, and he and Tim Raglan tried to steady things before Francis was dismissed for 22 runs. Raglan followed soon after, caught by Brandon King off Boyce for nine runs.
Charlie Parker came to the wicket at number six and was quickly sent packing for two after being run out by Keon Wiltshire.
Number seven batsman Hugo Peterson fell victim to Chaim Holder for eight and Tom Hoggard who came in at number eight was another one of Holder’s victims, caught by Jonathan Drakes for 13.
Miles Lloyd was in at number nine and played well for his 19 runs which helped to give a measure of respectability to the Sedbergh innings. Dan Gomersal made six.
Combermere went after the target with gusto and after 10 overs they were 64 runs with three wickets down. Despite the loss of wickets, they were way ahead of Sedbergh’s run-rate. The visitors were only 29 runs at a similar stage.
A fourth wicket partnership of 46 runs between Jamar Brathwaite and Davon Goodman helped to put Combermere in a position of ascendancy.
However the ship began to flounder for the Waterford boys as three wickets fell in quick succession and caused anxiety in their camp. But a spirited ninth-wicket partnership between Chaim Holder, who made 26 not out, and Chad Williams 13 not out, led the Combermerians to a hard-fought two-wicket victory.
The highest scorer for Combermere was Davon Goodman, who made 30, while Jamar Brathwaite made 18 runs and Jonathan Drakes chipped in with 15.
Sedbergh fast bowler Henry Watson ended with figures of two wickets for twenty three runs in eight overs. Pace bowler Hugo Peterson also ended with two wickets for 40 runs in eight overs with one maiden, while off-spin bowler Tim Raglan ended with two wickets for 39 runs in eight overs.
Tomorrow at Kensington Oval first-time finalists Foundation will get the opportunity to either end Combermere’s reign or emerge second best. (ML)