Queen’s College captain Nicholas Kirton scored an impressive 60 off 42 balls to lead his team to a 65-run victory over defending champions Christ Church Foundation in the Barbados Cricket Association’s Secondary Schools Under-19 One-Day Competition at Husbands, St James today.
Foundation won the toss and chose to field and Queen’s College batsmen posted 212 for eight off 38 overs. Queen’s College’s opening pair of Kwame Lewis and Barbados Under-17 player Dikembe Wilson gave their team a reasonable start with a partnership of 47 before Lewis went for 23 after chasing a wide ball from left-arm orthodox spinner Pius Emilien and Foundation wicketkeeper Michael Rivera held on to a good catch.
Andrew Clarke joined Wilson but Wilson was dismissed a few balls later off the bowling of leg-spinner Kyle Weekes, caught by Emilien for 24. Kirton came in at number four and played positively while another wicket fell at the other end.
This time it was Clarke who had to go after pushing at a delivery outside his off-stump and Rivera held on to a sharp catch once again. Yvan Grant filled the breach and he and Kirton played some lovely shots around the ground while adding 47 runs off 36 balls before Grant went for 20 bowled by Emilien. Kirton continued merrily along and brought up his fifty in the 29th over off 37 balls.
After the fall of Ricardo Small-Boyce for four to the bowling of Joshua Drakes, power-hitter Shamer Williams joined Kirton but the latter was soon dismissed for a well played 60. Chad Monerville joined Williams who then took most of the strike.
With just five overs remaining, Williams showed his intentions and cleared the ropes while scoring a quick-fire 26 runs from 17 balls before being run out by Rivera. In response, Foundation made 147 all out in 31.3 overs as Queen’s College’s bowlers took three early wickets and never relinquished their grasp on the game. Medium pacer Dikembe Wilson took two for four runs from 1.3 overs, off-spinner Donte Niles captured two for 22 from eight overs and medium-pacer Ricardo Small-Boyce took two for 24 off seven overs. Top scoring for Foundation was Drakes with 34 while Akeem Evelyn chipped in with 29 and Javier Dowrich scored 20.