Nimar Bolden’s Player of the Match performance with a classy 48, laid the foundation for defending champions Combermere to capture their ninth Everton Weekes Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-13 title, defeating Frederick Smith Secondary by 14 runs today.
Played under fair weather conditions at Carlton Cricket Ground, Frederick Smith, led by captain Giovante DePeiza, won the toss and elected to field. Combermere posted 142 all out from 34.1 overs and in response Frederick Smith fell short scoring 128 for nine off their allotted 35 overs.
The match came down to a run-a-ball requirement and the Waterford lads kept steady heads and bowled several dot balls to ensure the dynasty continued. They are the only school to reach the finals as many as 12 occasions and have now won nine of those in the 20th year history of the competition. They also won last year.
Bolden faced the first delivery with partner Jaden Leacock at the other end and the pair put 19 runs on the board before Frederick Smith claimed early success in the third over when Leacock was comprehensively bowled by Shomario DePeiza for five.
Combermere’s captain Reuben Agard joined Bolden who has been in great form with the bat during the competition. They managed to put on a second wicket stand of 37 until Giovante DePeiza, the cousin of Shomario, up-rooted his stump for nine in the tenth over. Giovante led from the front with three wickets for 25 runs off his allotted seven overs. The score was 56 for 2 and at this stage things were going in Frederick Smith’s favour and would get better. The next two batsmen in at number four and five, Romario Roach and Tre Riley, fell for two and a duck respectively.
The defending champions needed a big partnership from somewhere to get back on track. Che Simmons entered the fray at number six with Bolden at the other end leading the recovery efforts. He needed two runs for yet another 50 but it was not meant to be as he was caught by Shomario DePeiza bowled Giovante DePeiza. The left-hander spent 47 minutes at the wicket and his 48 runs came off 49 deliveries and included six fours and a six.
Jayden Small came in and held down the fort with Simmons as they put on a sixth-wicket partnership of 40 and brought up Combermere’s hundred in the process. That was the highest partnership for the Combermerians.
DePeiza had faith in his spinners and decided to bring on Ty Farrell who came on in the 27th over and caused trouble for the middle order batsmen. Eventually Frederick Smith got another breakthrough thanks to Elon Davis who did well to run out Simmons for 17. Four overs later Avinash Singh got rid of Small for 20 caught Giovante in the 31st over and from there Farrell took care of Combermere’s lower order and finished with two for 17 from 5.1 overs including two maidens.
Chasing 143 for victory Frederick Smith got off to a good start with 44 runs on the board before all-rounder Farrell got out for ten caught by Bolden off the bowling of Shayon Blenman. Shomario DePeiza came in at three to join opener Thierry Walcott who soon walked off the field feeling disappointed after being run out by Blenman for 12.
Shomario and Giovante were fresh at the crease with the score on 51 for two off 14.3 overs. Even though the fielding was not always up to scratch Combermere bowlers Kaleb Forde and Tre Riley did some damage as number four, five and six batsmen Giovante, Elon Davis and Brandon Benn all went without scoring.
None of the other Frederick Smith batsmen got into double figure and even though the number seven Avinash Singh tried to soak up dot balls in an effort to steady things while Shomario played his shots at the other end, that strategy did not last long enough to have a real impact. Singh was caught by Trevino Alleyne off the bowling of Simmons for five, and Shomario hoping to be Frederick Smith’s hero, fell one run short of his 50. He faced 72 balls in 88 minutes of batting during which time he hit six fours.
It was with that crucial wicket Combermere would have surely sensed imminent victory. Simmons finished with two for 17 off seven overs and Alleyne also grabbed two for ten from three overs.