by Marissa Lindsay
A vital sixth-wicket partnership of 86 between Shamar Holder and Damario Goodman has given St. Leonard’s Boys a temporary stay of execution going into tomorrow’s third and final day of their LIME Under-15 Cricket Final against Combermere at Wildey, St. Michael.
When play resumed at 11.30 a.m. today Combermere closed their innings at 149 for four off their allotted 35 overs and St. Leonard’s batsmen returned to the middle. They fared much better than they did in the first innings but were still dismissed for an inadequate 133 in their second innings.
St. Leonard’s opening pair of Tremaine Harris and Shakeel Turney started off pretty well before rain interrupted play in the eighth over and at this stage the score was 13 without loss.
Play resumed at 12.20 p.m. and Combermere had immediate success capturing the wicket of Harris who was bowled for eight by fast bowler Shamar Springer.
Captain Deswin Currency joined Turney but the opening batsman did not last long as he went for eight runs after pushing at a delivery and edging it straight to first slip for a good catch to be taken by Naje Holder off the bowling of Springer.
Xavier Trotman joined his captain at the crease but did not stick around too long. He went compliments of a brilliant catch at second slip by Shamar Holder off the bowling of leg-break bowler Kevon Bartlett.
Rackeem Hinds came in at number five and after facing four balls was dropped by Thaddeus Chase off the bowling of Bartlett before he had scored. At lunch the score was 29 runs for three wickets from 18 overs.
When play resumed after lunch Currency was dismissed by Renaldo Callender, caught wicket keeper Ramon Green for eight runs and Damario Goodman joined Hinds at the crease.
Hinds got out off the first ball of the next over, caught and bowled by Bartlett for a laborious two runs. This brought Shamar Holder to the wicket to join Goodman and they settled things down for the St. Leonard’s lads with some positive and sensible batting.
At tea the score was 98 for five in 46 overs. When play resumed around 3.30 p.m. Holder and Goodman continued their run scoring and brought up the 100 in 46.3 overs.
However, a phenomenal catch by captain Leniko Butcher fielding at cover off the bowling of medium pace bowler Naje Holder accounted for Holder for a well played 32 which came off 102 balls with two fours and one six.
Renaldo Boyce joined Goodman who was then run out for 47 by Holder. At this stage the score was 117 for seven.
Number nine batsman Camarie Boyce came in to join Boyce but Renaldo was soon comprehensively bowled by Holder for two.
This brought wicket keeper Renaldo Griffith to the wicket with Boyce. Griffith contributed eight runs before he was bowled by Springer. The last batsman in was Ramario O’neal but he failed to add to the score going lbw for a duck.
Springer was the pick of the Waterford boys’ bowling, capturing four wickets for 21 runs in 13 overs with six maidens. Bartlett took two wickets for 33 runs in 16 overs with six maidens and Holder also collected two wickets for seven runs in five overs with two maidens.
When play resumes tomorrow, Combermere will be going after a target of 48 to win yet another domestic schools’ tournament.