It’s country versus town. . . . again.
Defending champions Bayley’s will take on eight-time winners Wesley Hall in the final of the Guardian General-sponsored National Sports Council’s Herman Griffith Memorial Primary Schools Cricket Competition.
Today the two dominant schools in the tournament almost predictably won their semi-final match-ups against Eden Lodge and Milton Lynch respectively with consummate ease.
Playing at Friendship, St Michael, Bayley’s batted with great aplomb to score 178 for three in their 25 overs and then limited Eden Lodge to 137 for nine to win by 41 runs.
Bayley’s Latrell Greenidge was in excellent touch as he stroked an accomplished 62 to guide the St Philip school’s batting effort. Cheered on by fans and family who have been following the progress of the school throughout the tournament, Greenidge scored his runs on both sides of the wicket and was especially strong on the cut shot.
He got good support from Aaron Lorde who made 33, as well as from Jonathan Griffith and Romario Alleyne who chipped in with 26 and 23 respectively.
In reply, Eden Lodge lost wickets steadily with only Rashad Armstrong who scored 33 making a significant contribution. †Eden Lodge were never able to score at a consistently fast pace as a result of losing wickets at inopportune times.
Armstrong received some assistance from Kemar Jordan (12), Shaqur Parris (11) and Ramon Simmons (10) but the St. Michael school were always playing catch-up, which they never did.
Wesley Hall had an even more dominant win at Bayfield, St. Philip.
Batting first the King Street, St. Michael school made 134 for four with Thierry Walcott making an unbeaten 51. Rivaldo Clarke, who has caught the eye during the competition, chipped in with 21, Desani Griffith added 18 and Kemar Chase finished unbeaten on 12.
Milton Lynch were never in the picture when they batted and were shot out for a meagre 62 to lose by 72 runs. Only Jordan Layne with 11 made it into double figures.
Teshawn Leacock was the wrecker-in-chief snaring 4 for 16, while Shaquon Tull rendered valuable assistance to finish with the tidy figures of 2 for three runs.
The Empire Cricket Ground is expected to be abuzz with a large crowd tomorrow when the final comes off at 10.30 a.m. (WG)††