The Milo-sponsored Lodge School will do battle against Easy Bake St Leonard’s on Friday in the final of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-19 Cricket Tournament.
Today playing at their home ground, The Lodge School defeated the Nicholls Baking-sponsored Combermere by three wickets. The hosts won the toss and inserted Combermere in a match reduced from 40 overs to 30 because of a delayed 12 p.m. start caused by rain. Combermere made 160 for 9 and The Lodge School responded with 163 for 7 in 29.4 overs. For the St John lads, it was the end of a six-year drought since they last qualified for the final.
Alex Fergusson and Shian Brathwaite opened the Combermere batting and put together a 26-run partnership. Brathwaite was dropped on two by Jamal Bovell at second slip and he managed to add a further six runs to his tally before he was beaten for pace and bowled by left-hand medium-pace bowler Tarik Shorey who ended with 3 for 28 from his spell of seven overs.
Chad Williams came in and looked positive from the outset but on 15 was plumb lbw to Jarion Hoyte in the ninth over with the score on 44 for two.
Number four batsman Matthew Jones joined Fergusson and struck an extravagant boundary through cover in the tenth over to bring up the 50 for his team. In the next over, Fergusson was bowled all over the place for 12 by Hoyte. Hoyte, who mainly bowled a full length, got an excellent yorker past the Combermere captain’s defence.
Ian Boyce was the next man in with Jones and the pair added 29 for the fourth wicket with Jones scoring the majority of the runs. Jones, however, became the fourth victim when off-spinner Rasheed Wharton’s flighted delivery was skied into the hands of wicket-keeper Reshawn Harding for a well played 32.
Soon after The Lodge School got another breakthrough when Boyce was run out by Nagid Forde at long-on for seven. Two new batsmen were now at the crease in Thaddeus Chase and Keon Harding. Chase added ten runs to the score before returning to the pavilion via the run-out route thanks to some sharp fielding by Joron Goddard at mid-wicket.
Dashawn Sylvian and Harding tried to add some respectability to their score which saw the 100 come up in the 19 over. Both batsmen played the ball through the gaps and took sharp singles when the opportunity presented itself. Sylvian would lose his wicket, though, when he top-edged an aggressive shot into the hands of wicketkeeper Harding on 13 off the bowling of Shorey who came back to finish off his spell. Tremaine Edwards batting at number eight did not trouble the score and was bowled by Shorey for a duck.
Tailenders Demar Thorne and Renaldo Callender saw the innings through with Throne ending on three not out and Callender on nought.
The boys from St John got off to a reasonably solid start and had 21 runs on the board before the first wicket fell in the fourth over when opener Reshawn Harding was bowled for 13 by fast bowler Keon Harding. Captain D’sean Miller came in and announced himself with a few powerful shots around the ground but lost Jamar Bovell for ten runs to left-hand orthodox spinner Chad Williams. Williams ended with figures of three for 26 runs from seven overs.
Joron Goddard came to the crease at four and played some lovely shots. He did not relent even when he lost Miller at the other end for 22 off the bowling of Williams caught by Keon Harding.
This brought in Shorey and he and Goddard put on a fifth-wicket partnership of 58. Goddard made a well-played 40 before he was caught by wicket-keeper Fergusson off the bowling of orthodox spinner Matthew Jones. Things got interesting at this stage when Shorey followed Goddard into the pavilion a few balls later after his middle stump was uprooted by Williams with his score on 21.
Lodge were now at the same position as Combermere when they batted with the 100 being brought up in the 19th over and two fresh batsmen at the wicket. Number six batsman Wharton and Forde at seven had their work cut out for them. Wharton got to five but had issues playing the spin and was trapped lbw by Jones who took two wickets for 32 runs from six overs.
Ian Boyce claimed his lone wicket in the game by trapping Karren Drakes lbw for one. Romario Brathwaite and Forde saw the innings through with Lodge needing just eight runs in the final over which they duly reached with two balls to spare.