Nicholls Baking Combermere stormed into the semifinals of the Sir Everton Weekes Under-13 Cricket Tournament with a crushing defeat of Deighton Griffith Secondary at Kingsland, Christ Church today.
Joining the temporarily displaced Waterford, St Michael lads in the semis are Christ Church Foundation and The Lodge School, with the final quarterfinal between Alleyne School and Coleridge & Parry to be played this weekend.
It was a virtual no-contest after Deighton Griffith won the toss and inserted Combermere to take first knock. Combermere posted 150 for 8 wickets in 32 overs; reduced from the original 35 because of a late start. In response, the Christ Church school were bundled out for a meagre 36 in 22 overs to give Combermere an easy victory by 114 runs.
Combermere’s spinners Nathan Goddard-McCarthy and Nicholas Austin tormented Deighton Griffith, and with medium-pacer Jemuel Miller rendering excellent support, there was no respite for the young Deighton Griffith batsmen. Whether it was due to lack of adequate preparation of the wicket, the skill of the bowlers or faulty techniques of the batsmen, the significant turn and bounce generated by Goddard-McCarthy (4 for 3 runs) and Austin (2 for 4 runs) made them almost unplayable. Miller had figures of 2 for 3 runs.
Deighton Griffith found the going tough from the first over when Nico Griffith was run out by Seth Agard with the score on five. With just nine more runs added the second wicket went when Jay Clarke was caught by Agard off the bowling of Miller for four. From there the youngsters never recovered and there was a steady procession to and from the middle as they slumped to 29 for nine and at one stage being in danger of falling for fewer runs than overs allocated. Shamar Quintyne’s seven was Deighton Griffith’s highest score.
Earlier when Combermere batted Austin top-scored with 31, while Miller added an unbeaten 29, Krisian Quintyne made 18 and Reuben Agard chipped in with 17. Bowling for Deighton Griffith off-spinner Jaden Hoyte captured three wickets for 24 runs from seven overs, Dakarai Gittens took two for 38 from six overs, Matthew Alleyne took one for 29 from six overs and Jai Clarke had one for 33 from seven overs.
In another quarterfinal game played today, Christ Church Foundation defeated St Leonard’s Boys by 19 runs in an exciting match-up at Church Hill.
Foundation were sent in to bat and scored 207 all out from their allotted 35 overs. They then dismissed St Leonard’s for 188 off 33 overs. In the St. Leonard’s innings Denico Browne batted beautifully for 50, while Rashawn Worrell made 27. Jaden Neil and Rivaldo Clarke with 13 and 12 runs respectively were the other main contributors. With the ball Jaden Layne did most of the damage for the Church Hill boys with four wickets for 28 runs from five overs.
Earlier when Foundation batted Deshani Griffith delighted those at the ground with a solid knock of 83. Antone Morris made 33, Romario Alleyne scored 25 and Ajani Watkins contributed 14. Shaquani Phillips was the pick of the St Leonard’s bowlers with four wickets for 33 runs from his seven overs.
At Society, St John in the third quarterfinal, The Lodge School made 154 for 7 and then dismissed Harrison College for 110 to win by 44 runs.
The semi-finals are scheduled for May 13 with the venues to be determined by a draw which will be held at the BCA Secretariat, Kensington Oval this Friday at 10 a.m.