Wesley Hall Juniors led by a captain’s knock of 42 from Joshua Morris, lifted their 11th Guardian Group-sponsored National Sports Council Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket title when they won by four wickets against Bayley’s primary yesterday in the final played at Empire Cricket Ground in Bank Hall, St Michael.
Former three-time champions Bayley’s led by captain Daniel Joseph, won the toss and posted 117 for seven from their allotted 25 overs.
They were led to that total by Daniel Duncan, who was dismissed one run short of his half century for 49 runs, which included five fours.
In response to the target, Wesley Hall chased down the runs with two overs to spare ending on 118 for six from 23 overs.
They did so emphatically through their star player Morris, who was named Most Valuable Player in the competition.
He had the highest individual score in the competition of 180 runs against Grazettes and ended with a total of 454 runs, two runs short of his former captain Rivaldo Clarke’s record.
Bayley’s opening pair of Joseph and Shomari Gittens made their way onto the pitch around 10:30 a.m. and found themselves in early trouble when Morris, with his leg- breaks sent Joseph packing with the first delivery bowled.
Preston Clarke came in, but failed to trouble the score when he was superbly caught and bowled by all-rounder Edwin Barnett in the second over to leave Bayley’s stuttering on three for two.
Duncan joined Gittens to face the music and the pair put on a third wicket partnership of 33 runs before Newton with his medium pace, rocked Gittens’ stumps Jevon Cummins made just six before he was bowled by Morris, to leave the score 58 for four after 15 overs. Omari Haynes was run out for five soon afterwards, but Darius Joseph the twin brother of Daniel stuck around with
Duncan as the two carried Bayley’s on to 111. Duncan received a standing ovation across the ground when he was dismissed, lbw to Newton in the 23rd over of the innings.
Bayleys also benefited from 27 extras, inclusive of 22 wides, two byes, two no-balls and one leg bye.
Morris ended with two wickets for 16 runs, while Newton took two wickets for 30 runs from his allotted five overs,
In response, the Class 3 pair of Edwin Barnett and Dakio Worrell got Wesley Hall off to a decent start, as they added 22 runs for the first wicket.
Bayley’s wicketkeeper Darius Joseph ran out Barnett for five, but Morris came and together with Worrell, added 67 runs for the second wicket to put their school in command.
Medium pacer Shaquon Belle eventually got the breakthrough in the 17th over when he bowled Worrell for 34, to leave Wesley Hall on 90 for two.
And although Bayley’s were able to grab four more quick wickets, the damage had already been done.
With victory in sight Dale Evans and Jamie Jackman saw Wesley Hall home, with Jackman being the man to score the match winning runs.
Richard Clarke the man behind Wesley Hall’s success, dating back to 1982, told Barbados TODAY the players knew what needed to be done and they came back even stronger with the intention of winning.
He said he was pleased with his team’s overall performance.
“It is a great achievement to have won this tournament 11 times and it is the hard work that pays off…I am very pleased with the guys performances. Continuity [is the key], I don’t ever stop practicing at Passage Road and these guys are there almost every evening working extremely hard under the guidance of myself, Gregory Gaskin and Maxwell Garnett,” Clarke said.