Piloted by an enterprising second-wicket stand of 101, between Shaquon Collymore and Joshua Walcott, Ellerton Juniors became the first side to qualify for the semi-finals of the Inspire Sports/National Sports Council under-13 cricket competition.
They booked a passage in the final-four for the first time, compliments of a well-deserved seven- wicket win against Counter Point Wanderers Juniors in the only quarter-final match played yesterday.
Playing at Dayrells Road, Ellerton Juniors reached their target of 149 from the allotted 35 overs, with as many as 10 overs to spare. Skipper,
Collymore led from the front with a polished run a-ball 52, while Walcott was solid as a rock in compiling 23. The pair joined forces mid-way in the second over when Alejuandro Davis was caught down the leg-side off medium-pacer Matthew Clarke.
The left-handed Collymore reached his half-century with a sweep to fine-leg with his sixth four. Shortly afterwards, medium-pacer Jared Lovell removed both in his fourth over and the 17th of the innings. Collymore turned the first ball of a new spell to mid-wicket and Walcott edged the last delivery to the “keeper”, a beauty which pitched and left him. He faced 55 balls without striking a boundary.
Rinicko Reid (17) and Lamar Springer (15) added an unfinished stand of 44 in nine overs.
Earlier, after being sent in, Wanderers Juniors were all out for 148 in 32. 4 overs.
Daren Cuffie, top-scored with 37 including six fours but he lacked the necessary support as wickets fell at regular intervals. Left-arm spinner
Renico Brewster claimed four for 22 from his seven overs. Medium-pacer Winston Springer took three for 27, including Lovell who again fell cheaply. Player-of-the-Match Collymore picked up two for 35.
The other three quarter-finals matches will come off next Sunday. Fusionz Boutique Passage United meet Mark’s Auto Spares Market Hill Young Blazers. Title Holders MIX 96.9 FM Dover Juniors entertain TeleBarbados Carlton.