by Marissa Lindsay
It rained on Nicholls Baking Combermere’s victory march today at Wildey, but the showers could not prevent the Waterford, St Michael school from winning the LIME Under-15 Cricket final against Easy Bake St. Leonard’s Secondary by virtue of taking first innings lead.
Only 23 overs were possible on today’s frustrating third and final day due to wet conditions and play started in the final session at 3:25 p.m.
Combermere, needing 49 to win, reached 28 for five when stumps were finally drawn. It was a disappointing end to the exciting encounter, especially for St Leonard’s, who, though setting a very moderate target, caused a few flutters in the Combermere camp with some early wickets.
Opener Deshawn Sylvain was the first wicket to fall; he was caught at point by Damario Goodman off the bowling of Shamar Holder for ten runs. Captain Lenicko Butcher joined opener Shian Brathwaite and after adding two runs was out for two, caught behind by wicket keeper Renaldo Griffith off Holder.
Shamar Springer came in at number four to join Brathwaite but Springer was sent packing for a duck by Holder, trapped leg before wicket. Thaddeus Chase was the next batsman in with Brathwaite and, after facing just one ball and scoring a single, Chase was run out by Tremaine Harris.
Kevon Bartlett came in at number six and Brathwaite, after a short stay in the middle, was run out by Harris for four. Naje Holder came in and together with Bartlett eased further anxieties.
When umpires Denise Greaves and Louis St. John removed the bails at five o’clock it was time for the Waterford lads to erupt in celebration.
St. Leonard’s Boys’ captain Deswin Currency received the awards for the most runs scored in the tournament with 538; and the best all-round player with 538 runs, 23 wickets and four catches. Dario Greaves of the St. Michael School took the most wickets with 31. Shakib Kellman of Ellerslie was named the most outstanding wicketkeeper with 11 dismissals overall – which included ten catches and one stumping. Rashad Mayers of St. Michael School had the most catches with ten.
It was Combermere’s ninth appearance in the final, and sixth Under-15 title.
Summarised scores: Easy Bake St. Leonard’s 64 all out (32.4 overs) (Zavio Trotman 13, Deswin Currency 12; Kevon Bartlett 2-8, Joshua Cooke 2-13) and 133 all out (71 overs) (Demario Goodman 47, Chemar Holder 32; Shamar Springer 4-21, Nadgee Holder 2-7, Kevon Bartlett 2-33). Nicholls Baking Combermere 149-4 (35 overs) (Shamar Springer 69, Leniko Boucher 51 not out; Chemar Holder 2-23, Shakeel Turney 2-32) and 28-4 (23 overs) (Dashawn Sylvan 10; Chemar Holder 3-12).