It will be a battle of David versus Goliath when ten-time champions Wesley Hall Juniors seek their eleventh silverware against a well-balanced Bayley’s team who will be after their fourth overall title next week.
Today in the semi-final round of the Guardian Group-sponsored National Sports Council’s Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition, Wesley Hall secured their place by a 66-run victory against St Cyprian’s Boys at the Friendship, St Michael Cricket Ground. While at Trents in St James Bayley’s Primary won by six wickets over St Stephen’s Primary.
The last time Wesley Hall and Bayley’s met was in the final played at Empire in 2012 when the boys from King Street did the double that year under former captain Rivaldo Clarke. There is no doubt that Bayley’s who have reached the semi-final round 11 years straight since 2005 will look to take sweet revenge this time around after winning their last overall championship back in 2011 against Charles F. Broome Primary.
At Friendship, Wesley Hall won the toss and posted 164 for eight from their allotted 25 overs thanks to captain Joshua Morris who continued his impressive performances with the bat when he scored 66 not out. In response St Cyprian’s Boys made 98 for six from 25 overs. Class two student Jaden Licorish surprised everyone around the ground with a special bowling performance taking an impressive five wickets for five runs with his medium pace.
Edwin Barnett and Dakio Worrell opened the batting and put on a opening stand of 50 by the eighth over before class three student Barnett fell on 12 lbw to off-spinner Zishan Motara.
Morris joined Worrell and two overs later in the tenth over rain interrupted play for about 15 minutes. The pair continued from where they left off and put on a second-wicket partnership and what turned out to be the highest of 53. Kadian Jordan eventually found a much-needed breakthrough for St Cyprian’s when Worrell was caught and bowl on 41 with the score on 103 for two.
Kevion Newton was in at four after the fall of that wicket and stuck around with Morris. The pair put on a third-wicket partnership of 48 runs and after occupying the crease for a while for his 11 runs, Newton eventually went caught off the bowling of Licorish who bowled just two overs in the game.
From there on Wesley Hall’s batting collapsed drastically as no one else reached doubles figures. In fact all the other batsmen to follow failed to trouble the scorers where five ducks were recorded in the innings thanks to Licorish who took four wickets in the final over. A total of 30 extras were conceded including 24 wides, three byes, two leg byes and one no-ball.
St Cyprian’s opener Marcus Whittington top scored with 26, Jaiden Webster scored 13 and Fozlo Brewster with ten were the only players to reach double figures as Wesley Hall’s bowling attack kept things very tight in the early stages but became a bit too complacent coming on to the end when they bowled 31 wides, four no balls and one leg bye. Romaine Mayers was the pick of Wesley Hall’s bowlers with two for 23 from his five overs.
In the other semifinal game St Stephen’s batting first scored 104 for nine from 25 overs with 26 runs coming from the hard-hitting Rashad Worrell, Achilles Browne making 21 and Kobe Williams contributing 17. Williams also grabbed three for 15 but it was not enough to stop Bayley’s who reached the semi-final last year but were knocked out by West Terrace.
Bayley’s however played well today and chased down the 105 for victory and earned their place in the final. Captain Daniel Joseph led from the front with three wickets for nine runs and produced a knock of 29. His namesake Daniel Duncan made 32.
The final will take place next week Thursday at the Empire Cricket Ground starting at 10 a.m.