The Lodge School are the winners of the 31st edition of the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament. Monday afternoon they defeated Foundation School by 29 runs in the final to capture the prestigious title at Kensington Oval.
Chasing a target of 165 for victory, the Christ Church-based school were bowled for 136 in 39.4 overs. Off-spinner Ackeal Hoyte wrecked Foundation’s batting with 3 wickets for 35 runs from 6.4 overs. He was ably supported by left-arm spinner Jamali Lynch who took 2 wickets for 17 runs and Ryshon Williams who captured 2 wickets for 19 runs.
Opening batsman Danyl Husbands made 39 from 81 balls with three fours, Joshua Corbin and Antonio Morris both contributed 17.
Earlier, The Lodge School batted first after Foundation won the toss and elected to field and they were for bowled out for 165 in the 40th over. But what seemed a below-par total proved to be just enough for the St John school.
Nagid Forde batting at number four top-scored with a measured 40 from 70 balls which included two fours. The Lodge School were in trouble at 48 for the loss of four wickets, but Forde batted resolutely to guide his team to a reasonable score. He shared an important fifth-wicket partnership of 35 with Shemwyn Harris.
After Harris was dismissed with the score at 83, Forde posted 57 for the sixth-wicket with captain Jamali Lynch who scored 29. Lynch was dismissed with the total on 140, and Forde lost his wicket five balls later at the same score.
The Lodge School innings was held together in the latter stages by Lynch whose 29 from 31 balls included two fours. Off-spinner Joshua Corbin was the wrecker of The Lodge School’s innings with 3 wickets for 24 runs from 8 overs including one maiden. Left-arm spinner Ryshon Williams chipped in with 2 for 19 from 8 overs, while another left-arm spinner Rondre Yearwood of the well-known Yearwood cricketing family took two wickets for 34 runs. Right-arm pacer Cheran Thompson dismissed two batsmen for 27 runs.
It was a fitting victory for the persevering youngsters who won the championship for the first time since 1989 after reaching the finals on three occasions since that time.
Afterwards, the great man after whom the tournament is named, National Hero Sir Garfield Sobers, presented individual and team awards. He also spoke and mingled with the youngsters and provided inspirational words of advice to them.
Several of those who have participated in the annual tournament have gone on to represent the West Indies senior team, notably the great former West Indies captain Brian Lara.