Tropical Storm Chantal put paid today to the second day of the 27th annual Sir Garfield Sobers Schools Cricket tournament which bowled off in Barbados yesterday.
After the truncated opening day in which all matches were reduced from 40 overs per side, the organisers were forced to postpone the planned opening ceremony which was to have been held on Monday evening.
That occasion as well as the second day’s matches were all postponed but not before defending champions Foundation and five-time winners Combermere along with Fatima and Vishnu Hindu Colleges of Trinidad and Tobago registered opening day wins against Wismar Christianburg of Guyana, Choiseul of St. Lucia, Presentation of Trinidad and Solihull of England respectively – all by impressive margins.
In the other Zone, Pinelands (B’dos), Queen’s Park Club and Powergen Penal of Trinidad, were in winners’ row against Dominica Combined, St Leonard’s School (B’dos) and Antigua Combined.
On the weather affected opening day only Brandon Mahabir of Fatima (59) and Kevin Bolden of Pinelands (51) got 50s whilst the bowlers were reaping big harvests in most matches. Tristan Singh of Vishnu Boys grabbed 4 for 13 in Solihull’s innings of 80: Pinelands’ Marlon Howard registered 5 for 20 in undermining Dominica’s innings of 121 for 8 but the best returns were posted by Combermere’s Joshua Cooke whose 6 wickets for 12 runs consigned Choiseul School to the opening day’s low score of 25.
Teams should not lose a match because of the weather as organisers have rescheduled all of today’s matches to tomorrow.