St Leonard’s Boys have broken their 17-year drought!
The lads from Richmond Gap are the champions of the 2014 Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-19 Cricket Tournament after defeating the Milo-sponsored Lodge School by six wickets in the final played at Kensington Oval today. It was their first championship title since 1997 when they defeated The Alleyne School.
St Leonard’s owed their victory in large measure to an excellent all-round performance from Man-Of-The-Match Tremaine Harris who took two wickets for 24 runs from his eight overs and scored a vital 41.
St Leonard’s won the toss and inserted The Lodge School and the boys from St John scored 151 all out in 38 overs and in response St Leonard’s made 153 for four from 30.5 overs.
Opening the batting for The Lodge School were the right-handed Reshawn Harding and left-hander Jamar Bovell. Harding faced the first delivery and was also the first to go when he was caught by Jamar Ifill off the bowling of medium pacer Shakeel Turney for two in the third over. Nagid Forde came in to join Bovell who reached six before being brilliantly caught by Turney at first slip off the bowling of left-hand orthodox spinner Tremaine Harris.
Number four batsman Joron Goddard came in with his team in some trouble and looked to play positively with Forde at the other end. Forde, however, did not stick around as he was run out by Ifill at cover for 13 going for a suicidal run. The score was 31 for three in the 12th over when captain D’sean Miller entered the fray but he failed to trouble the score and was dismissed off the bowling of Turney caught by wicketkeeper Renaldo Griffith.
Tarik Shorey filled the breach and from ball one looked positive and crafted a fourth-wicket partnership of 52 with Goddard before Goddard’s ill-advised swipe to long-on ended in the safe hands of Chamar Holder. He made the top score of 35. The hundred also came up at this stage in 31.3 overs.
Shorey followed Goddard soon for 31, bowled by Currency who had the good figures of three for 33 from his spell of eight overs which included one maiden. Two new batsmen were now at the crease in number seven batsman Romario Brathwaite and the number eight Rasheed Wharton. Currency ensured Wharton’s stay was brief when he bowled him for a duck. Karren Drakes came in and offered support to Brathwaite who made 14 before he was bowled by Harris.
Jarion Hoyte joined Drakes and tried to offer him support. The latter batted confidently to reach 23 before he was run out by Ifill who had a great day in the field. Hoyte was bowled in the next over by Ward for nine with Nicholas Benn unbeaten without getting off the mark.
St Leonard’s in response got a rapid start to their innings from openers Kadeem Boyce and Jharid Forde. The first wicket fell in the fourth over when the score was 23 with Forde trapped lbw for eight off the bowling of off-spinner Benn.
Boyce continued to play positively along with Sadrian Ward who had joined him at the fall of Forde’s wicket. Boyce would soon go for 13 caught by Goddard off the off-spinner Wharton.
Barbados player Deswin Currency joined Ward but the latter did not hang around long, chasing a wide delivery outside the off-stump and being caught for nine by wicketkeeper Harding who took it brilliantly diving to his right.
Harris, who also plays for Barbados, joined Currency at number five and both batsmen noticeably upped the tempo. Currency, on 19, however retired hurt after experiencing some unknown physical discomfort
Jamar Ifill joined his captain and the pair played exceptionally well and put on a fifth-wicket partnership of 60. Ifill, though, had luck going for him on three occasions when the opposition failed to accept the chances he offered. Harris eventually was dismissed for 41, caught by wicketkeeper Harding off Shorey’s bowling. The number seven batsman Demario Goodman came in and hit the winning run with Ifill on 41 not out as they sealed a well deserved victory.
Later competition awards went to Shamar Springer of Combermere (most runs – 146) (most catches – 3); Renaldo Callender (most wickets – 12); Alex Fergusson of Combermere (wicketkeeper with most dismissals – 6); Matthew Jones of Combermere (most catches – 3).
St Leonard’s collected a trophy, gold medals and $2,500.