A top score of 37 from Shem Watson and three wickets from Shakeem John-Ruck contributed to Christ Church Foundation’s 41-run victory over Canadian side Oakville in the ongoing Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools’ Cricket Tournament Monday.
Played at Friendship, Oakville won the toss and opted to bowl and Foundation posted 156 for nine from their allotted 40 overs. In response, Oakville had a revised target of 141 to win off 36 overs and were bowled out for 100 in 30 overs.
Danyl Husband and Mario Hinds opened the batting for the local lads who were progressing nicely at 17 without loss in the seventh over when Uzair Malik struck with his left arm medium pace to dismiss Hinds lbw for five.
Joshua Corbin came in at number three to join Husbands and the pair steadied things somewhat before Oakville captured the wicket of Husbands, brilliantly caught behind by wicketkeeper Mikayle Riley off leg-spinner Marcus Nandu for nine.
This brought captain Jermain Davis to the crease and he along with Corbin played patiently in an effort not to lose any more wickets. But in the 15th over Corbin fell victim lbw to Malik for nine. Malik ended with figures of 2 for 24 off his allotted eight overs.
Davis followed shortly after for ten, caught by Daniel Griffith off Nandu who finished with three wickets for 48 runs off eight overs.
Watson and Glennico King were both fresh at the wicket and they put on a partnership of 36. With the score on 96 for four and Oakville badly needing a breakthrough, Gauganshu Sharma tossed up a delivery which King went after but only managed to offer a catch to Nathaniel Permaul took the catch. He went for 21 to make it 96 for five in the 22nd over.
Foundation eventually brought up the hundred with Watson and Shaquanna Waldrond but none of the batsmen that followed made much of an impact.
Oakville in response found the going tough against a decent Foundation bowling attack led by John-Ruck who finished with figures of 3 for 19 runs off seven overs. Corbin, Kyle Weekes and King all grabbed two wickets each.
Neil Johnson top scored with 21 for Oakville with Riley making 18 and Nandu 12 not out.