A combination of fine bowling and brisk batting led to Combermere Old Scholars becoming the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 Christ Church Foundation School Joel Garner Twenty20 tournament following a five-wicket win with as many as 8.5 overs remaining over Alexandra Old Scholars.
In a top-of-the-table clash in the Lee Harford Skeete/Lewiston Wellington Zone ‘A’ of the sixth annual championship at Dover last night, Alexandra were badly let down by their batting after winning the toss.
Their problems started from the very first ball when Rondelle Yearwood got a healthy edge off fast bowler Khalid Springer and was caught by wicket-keeper Chaim Holder to his right.
Though Akeem Nero and Jamal Smith managed to add 20 for the second wicket, the scoring rate was slow throughout and Alexandra eventually limped to 79 all out off 20 overs.
Smith, the Empire captain in major BCA competitions, top-scored with 20 before he was fifth out with the score 47 in the 14th over – one of four wickets for skipper and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.
The only other double-figure contributor was Kirk Brome with 11 at No. 9 before he was run out following a last wicket partnership of 21 – the best of the innings – with Jamar Austin.
Warrican sustained his excellent form in recent weeks including trial matches for Combined Campuses & Colleges, by grabbing four for six off four overs after coming on as the fifth and final bowler. It earned him his second Baron’s Smokehouse $100 Player-Of-The-Match award. Springer picked up two for seven.
Combermere were given a brisk start by Shayne Moseley and Kamal Sealy who added 33 in 3.4 overs for the first wicket before Sealy fell for 13.
Left-hander Moseley, with some excellent strokes, then almost completely dominated a second wicket stand of 38 in five overs with Holder, who made only two before the latter was leg before wicket by medium-pacer Brome.
Moseley was dismissed in the next over for the top-score of 43 off 27 balls including four fours and three sixes before victory was achieved in 11.1 overs. Brome took two for 25 off four overs.
The win lifted Combermere Old Scholars to six points with their last preliminary match against Princess Margaret Old Scholars, who have suffered two defeats, on February 17 at Briar Hall.
Alexandra and Alleyne Alumni, the 2011 and 2013 losing finalists, are both on three points and will battle for the other quarter-final place in the Zone on February 21 at Dover.
The tournament continues on Friday, February 7 at Dover with matches in the Lewin/Gilpin Jones Brothers Zone ‘B’. Harrison College Old Scholars and newcomers Louis Lynch Old Scholars, both seeking their first points, clash at 6.30 p.m. while it will be a Foundation battle at 9.30 p.m. bringing together the ‘A’ team, who are defending champions and the School side, with both on three points.