Combermere had one hand on the trophy at the close of play on the second day of the three-day final of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Lime-sponsored Under-15 Cricket Championship at Wildey, St. Michael today.
Starting the day with a three-run first innings lead over Alexandra, Combermere batted the entire day to close on 173 for 3 in 90 overs, representing a virtually impregnable position.
Stars of the day were openers Reniel Smith and Shian Brathwaite as well as the number 3 batsman, Thaddeus Chase.
Showing the diligence that would have made a Geoffrey Boycott smile broadly, the two youngsters batted the St. Peter school out of the game with an opening partnership of 107 before Smith was leg before wicket to Shaquane Cave for 45. He faced 169 balls, batted for seven minutes short of three hours and hit three boundaries.
Brathwaite was joined by Chase and these two continued in similar vein, taking very few chances but always alert to take any singles or twos on offer. But after dominating a 58-run partnership Chase was caught by Shacolby Corbin off the left-arm spin of the promising Kemar Burrowes for 37 with the score on 165. Chase’s relatively breezy innings lasted 93 minutes during which time he faced 66 balls and hit five boundaries and one lovely six.
Shakkae Marshall filled the breach late in the evening but just as Combermere supporters were willing Brathwaite on to see out the day’s play, Burrowes struck again, having him caught by Xavier Cumberbatch for 73.Brathwaite’s brilliant lesson in application lasted four hours and 39 minutes during which time he faced 267 balls and struck eight boundaries.
At the close Marshall was on eight and his partner was Zidane Clarke who was yet to score. It will take a major miracle by Alexandra to stop the Waterford lads from lifting the trophy tomorrow. (WG)