Wesley Hall captain Joshua Morris led from the front with 27 runs and took an impressive four-wicket haul to lead his side to victory by 48 runs against St Stephen’s Primary at Passage Road today.
Morris won the toss and Wesley Hall posted 125 for five from their 25 overs and in response St Stephen’s made 77 for eight from their allotted 25, when the Guardian Group-sponsored 2015 Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition continued today at various venues around the island.
Jackio Worrell and Edwin Barnett opened the batting for ten-times champions Wesley Hall on a slow wicket that forced the bowlers to pitch up their deliveries. The pair put on a first wicket partnership of 45 runs before Worrell departed bowled by his namesake Rashad Worrell for 15 in the 14th over.
That wicket brought Morris to the crease and Worrell with his medium pace managed to bag another wicket off the final ball of that same over to make it 46 for two. Morris and number four batsman Kevion Newton helped their team to build another strong partnership when they put on a third wicket stand of 50 as Newton hit a six to bring up Wesley Hall’s 100.
The pair looked good and seemed to have had things under control when Blackman sent down a full delivery that bowled Newton and ended what was a decent partnership, with the score on 119 for three in the 23rd over.
Zachary Alexander joined his captain Morris and Blackman would remove Alexander the very next ball for a duck to end with figures of two for 24 runs off his allotted five overs.
Then Worrell returned with the ball and finished off the innings in which he claimed his third wicket for 27 runs off five overs. Morris went caught at cover off the first ball of that over.
Jamie Jackman and Romaine Mayers batted at six and seven respectively and saw Wesley Hall’s innings through to its close without the fall of another wicket.
St Stephen’s in response struggled, even though number eight batsman Alexander Browne tried his best and top scored with 19. Blackman added 14 and Achilles Browne chipped in with 11.
Newton with his medium pace along with spinners Edwin Barnett, Romaine Mayers and Dale Evans each took one wicket for Wesley Hall.
In another zone A match Selah recorded an eight-wicket victory over Boscobel who played at home and were bowled out for 57 off 15 overs. Tyrell Joseph claimed a five-wicket haul for 17 runs and Reniko Phillips took two for nine for Selah who made light work of the target reaching 58 for two from six overs. Phillips and Kumar Carrington ended on 16 and 11 not out respectively for Selah.
Gordon Greenidge won by four wickets against Ignatius Byer at Lowlands, St Lucy. Batting first Ignatius Byer made 64 for eight from 25 overs. Gordon Greenidge ended on 68 for six off 22 overs as Kaimani Cox top scored with 39 not out.
All Saints with home advantage got a nine-wicket victory against St Lucy Primary who batted first and were dismissed for 55 in 14.5 overs. All Saints made the chase look easy reaching 56 for one from 8.2 with Deshon Howell top scoring with 19.
Half Moon Fort were bowled out for a mere 38 and St Bernard’s smashed 39 with out loss to take a ten wicket win in Speightown. Over at Conrad Hunte, A DaCosta Edwards produced a five-wicket win against St Silas who posted 81 for seven from 25 overs and A DaCosta score 82 for five from 15. Thanks to efforts from Taquaun Prescod with three for 16 and Sha-cur Bryant two for 11 and a top score of 22 not out, A DaCosta Edwards got their win.
In matches also played in zone B and at Greens, St Judes Primary registered an eight-wicket win when they took on Ellerton Primary who were bowled out for 60. St Judes responded with 61 for 2 with 11 overs to spare.
Bay Primary scraped home by one wicket against St Winifred’s School who made 69 all out off 23 overs and Bay Primary reached 70 for nine off 17.3. Machia Archer earned three for 14 during his spell of five overs for Bay Primary, while there was a top score of 19 not out from Richard Selman. St Winifred’s bowlers put in a good effort to defend the target as Sammy Kazan grabbed four for 18 and Tosh Jones three for 23.
At Ellerton, St George Primary won by 86 runs after they set a target of 135 and St John were bundled out for 49. Jayden Wall top scored with 66 not out, Tyrese Scott made 28 and Sherad Stuart 25. Wall along with Stuart returned with the ball and took three wickets for eight runs while Scott took two and Deshante Boyce one.
There were a few matches played in zone D and among them was defending champions West Terrace with a 77-runs victory against St James at Desmond Haynes Oval.
Eden Lodge won at home by eight wickets against Deacons. St Giles captured a six-wicket win when they played George Lamming and Good Shepherd brushed aside Welches Primary by 67 runs.
Play continues on Friday.