St Leonard’s Boys are into the July 18 final of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-19 Cricket Tournament.
The lads from Richmond Gap, St Michael travelled across town to Crumpton Street today and defeated Harrison College by 11 runs in a nail-biting contest to set up a meeting with either Combermere or Lodge who do battle on Wednesday in the second semi-final.
Batting first after being inserted, St Leonard’s made 157 all out in 37.5 overs with Jamar Ifill top-scoring with 34. In reply, Harrison College were bowled out for 146 in the final over agonizingly close to their winning target.
After his batting effort it was Ifill again in the role of off-spinner who was responsible for dismissing number ten batsman Zachary Nowell caught by Shakeel Turney off the second delivery of the 40th over. The following delivery Dominic Hart was run out by Camari Boyce at deep mid-wicket to the delight of St Leonard’s supporters and the dismay of the many home fans at the ground.
Harrison College’s opening bowlers, captain Warren Scantlebury and Micah Shepherd, had a splendid spell at the start of the innings where they stifled the scoring opportunities of opening batting pair of Renaldo Boyce and Zavia Trotman. Scantlebury and Shepherd bowled the first ten overs and conceded fewer than two runs per over. Boyce and Trotman eventually got some momentum going when Harrison College changed bowlers and brought on medium pacer Shaquille Payne and spinner Kevin Hall.
However, while trying to force the pace Trotman had his middle stump uprooted by Payne for 17. That looked the only way Trotman would have been dismissed after Harrison College managed to drop him on three occasions.
Captain Sadrian Ward came in at number three and tried to up the tempo from the rather sedate rate at which the innings had been proceeding. Perhaps Harrison College should have tried to keep Boyce in the middle but after labouring to five runs he went after a long-hop bowled by Kevin Hall but only succeeded in hitting it straight into the hands of Payne who took three good catches during the day.
Jhavid Forde came in to join Ward who looked good and showed his intentions by hitting a sweetly timed four down the ground off the bowling of Payne. But then Ward went for a non-existent single and was run out for nine the very next ball by Demario Taylor at mid-on in the 13th over. At this stage the score had crawled to 46 for three from 15.3 overs.
Ifill joined Forde and tried to breathe some life into the innings. Forde was next to go on 16 when he mistimed a drive off a Payne delivery and skied a catch to Nowell positioned at mid-off. The 100 would come up in the 23rd over and Damario Goodman became the fifth wicket to fall when he was comprehensively bowled by Nowell for 11 runs. Chamar Holder came to the crease and he looked good while finding the gaps in the field with deft placement.
The visitors would soon lose Ifill caught by Payne off Nowell’s bowling. Ranaldo Griffith joined Holder at the crease but the latter would soon depart for 14 caught at long-on by Payne off the bowling of Lejani Cherry. Shakeel Turney filled the breach but Cherry would pick another victim when he bowled Griffith for nine.
Camari Boyce made five before being bowled by Shepherd who came back to finish off his spell of two wickets for 14 runs from seven overs. Rashoud Eli was the last man in and both he and Turney failed to trouble the score as Turney was bowled by Shepherd in the 38 over.
The hosts faired even worse against some tight, penetrative bowling from St Leonard’s. Batting at number four, Warren Scantlebury scored 42 and number seven batsman Dominic Hart chipped in with 25. Goodman took two wickets for 19 runs from his eight overs and Renaldo Boyce two wickets from ten runs off three overs.
At Waterford in a rescheduled quarter-final Nicholls Baking-sponsored Combermere defeated the KFC-sponsored Ellerslie by 96 runs.
Batting first Combermere made 226 for 9 in the 40 overs with Matthew Jones top-scoring with 77 and Chad Williams stroking a fine 51. Neil Persaud took 2 for 35 and Roamrio Griffith 2 for 33.
Ellerslie never came to terms with Combermere’s attack and were bowled out for 130 in the 37th over. Dario Belle made the best score of 49. Jones showing his all-round skills snared 3 for 16 while Ian Boyce took 3 for 39 and Williams had 2 for 23.
At Waterford ‘A’: Nicholls Baking Combermere beat KFC Ellerslie by 96 runs.
Nicholls Baking Combermere 226-9 (40 overs) (Matthew Jones 77, Chad Williams 51, Alex Fergusson 27, Shian Brathwaite 22, Dario Belle 3-46, Neil Persaud 2-35, Romario Griffith 2-33).
KFC Ellerslie 130 all out (36.4 overs) (Dario Belle 49, Kevin Evelyn 25, Romario Griffth 13 not out; Neil Persaud 13; Matthew Jones 3-16, Ian Boyce 3-39, Chad Williams 2-23).
At College ‘A’: St Easy Bake Leonard’s beat Global Tuition Harrison College by 11 runs.
St Leonard’s 157 all out (37.5 overs) (Jamar Ifill 34, Zavia Trotman 17, Zhavid Forde 16, Shakeel Turney 16, Chemar Holder 14, Demario Goodman 11; Micah Shepherd 2-14, Zachary Nowell 2-24, Shaquille Payne 2-29, Lijani Cherry 2-26).
Harrison College 146 all out (39.3 overs) (Warren Santlebury 42, Lijani Cherry 29, Dominic Hart 25, Renaldo Boyce 2-10, Demario Goodman 2-21). Toss: Harrison College