by Marissa Lindsay
Christ Church Foundation are the new champions of the Sir Garfield Sobers Schools International Under-19 Cricket tournament after defeating defending champions Nicholls Baking Combermere by seven wickets at Kensington Oval today.
Foundation won the toss and chose to field and bowled out Combermere for 130 runs in 39.5 overs in what was an excellent bowling performance by their bowlers. Foundation responded with 133 for three in 38 overs.
Combermere lost an early wicket as opener Shayne Moseley went for four runs off the bowling of Jofar Archer caught by Aaron Jones in the third over.
Ian Boyce came in at number three to join opener Shane Proverbs and the Waterford boys’ slow progress continued. After the 10th over they were 29 for two wickets as Proverbs was run out by Dominique Waithe-Walcott for 14.
Jonathan Drakes came in to join Boyce at the crease and the pair put on 15 runs before Boyce was out caught by Stefan Jordan off the bowling of Dayne Doughty for 18.
Brandon King came in at number five to join Drakes and the pair added 15 runs before Drakes was dismissed for nine off the bowling of Doughty, caught by Amahl Nathaniel.
Davon Goodman, batting at number six, managed one ball before being brilliantly caught by wicket keeper Xavier Duncan off the bowling of Jones who bowled leg-breaks.
Keon Wiltshire then joined king at the crease and they added 23 before King was out caught by Jordan off Jones for 21 runs. Mathew Jones joined Wiltshire at the crease but the latter was out the next ball for seven, offering a catch to Duncan off Nathaniel’s bowling.
The number nine Chaim Holder and Jones put on 28 useful runs before Jones went for 12 runs off the bowling of fast bowler Archer, caught by Lee Gaskin. That basically ended Combermere’s batting effort.
Jones finished his bowling spell with four wickets for 20 runs off his 7.5 overs, Archer collected two wickets for 35 runs off of his eight overs and Doughty captured two wickets for 28 runs in eight overs.
Christ Church Foundation had a solid start in their response to Nicholls Baking Combermere. Their opening pair of Shamari Davis and Micah Howard batted splendidly and looked untroubled before losing their first wicket in the 28th over with the score on 83. Davis went for 42 runs off the bowling of off-spinner Ian Boyce, caught behind the stumps by wicket keeper Shane Proverbs.
However, the Church Hill youngsters were not fazed as number three batsman Aaron Jones came in and they continued to play positively, bringing up the hundred in 33.2 overs. At that stage, Foundation were 101 for one.Howard was then trapped LBW by Boyce after making an excellent 50. This brought Jofar Archer to the crease but he was quickly stumped by keeper Proverbs for a duck off Boyce.
Xavier Duncan joined Jones at the crease and the pair marched swiftly towards the Combermere total. Duncan then hit a massive six down the ground to seal the deal and give Foundation their first title in the competition.
Boyce was the only successful Combermerian bowler, capturing three wickets for 22 runs in seven overs.
After the match, outstanding players were recognised for their performances, and among those was Matthias Ramcharran of Presentation College, who received the award for the most runs. David Latchaya of New Amsterdam had the most wickets. Best all-round player award went to Jofar Archer of Foundation School. Best wicket-keeper and most disciplined player awards were presented to Xavier Duncan of Foundation School. Shane Proverbs of Combermere School was judged the best Barbados player in the tournament.