Foundation are the winners of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Everton Weekes Under-13 Tournament after they defeated defending champions Combermere by ten runs in the long awaited final at the Empire Cricket Ground today.
Chasing a meagre 91 to win the match, Combermere were restricted to 80 for nine wickets in 30 overs. Leg-spinner Isaiah Folkes weaved a web around the lads from Waterford with three wickets for 12 runs from six overs. He received support from fast bowler Renicko Smith who took 2 wickets for 11 runs from 4 overs
Combermere got off to a bad start, losing the wicket of Nathan Forde, bowled by fast bowler Azari Best for a duck with the score on one. Nine runs later Nimar Bolden was bowled by Renicko Smith for for six. Smith struck with his next ball when he had Remario Roach caught at the same score.
Folkes began to weave his magic when he had Che Simmoms caught by Azaria Best at mid wicket for ten to leave Combermere stumbling at 41 for 5.
Jaden Small batting at number 6 made a gallant attempt to guide his team to victory. The tall all-rounder scored an unbeaten 30 from 55 balls with one four and a six.
Combermere required 16 runs to win the match in the last over but only got six. The Foundation supporters gave a loud cheer when it became clear that their team were in winners’ row.
Earlier, the match was reduced from 35 to 30 overs after play was delayed from its 11 a.m. start to 12 p.m. due to damp spots on the pitch.
Umpires Michael Nurse and Randolph McCollin inspected the offending areas at 11.30 a.m. and decided that play would start at midday.
Foundation batted first after Combermere captain Jaden Leacock won the toss and elected to field and hey were bowled out for 90 in 26 overs. They were given a reasonable start by openers Jamarico St Hill and Azari Best who posted 25 for the first wicket.
The boys from the Christ Church school began to lose a steady flow of wickets after Best was caught by Jaden Small at shortleg off the bowling of fast bowler Che Simmons for 7.
Shortly after Foundation lost four quick wickets and were in deep trouble at 38 for 5 after 13 overs. Among the batsmen dismissed at that stage was captain St Hill who tried to anchor the innings but was yorked by fast bowler Romano Roach for 14.
They sunk into deeper trouble at 65 for 7 but Nathan Sealy (24) and Aron Weekes (5) shared a eighth wicket partnership of 26 to add a bit of respectability to the total.
Roach took four wickets for 19 runs from 6.3 overs, and was supported by medium pacer Jaden Leacock who took three wickets from 5.1 overs, Simmons chipped in with 2 wickets for 22 runs.
Man of the Match was Nathan Sealy who turned in a good all-round performance in the match, he top- scored with 24 when Foundation batted and took one wicket for 8 runs with his medium pace.
Before the match began the players were introduced to Sir Everton Weekes, the great middle-order batsmen who played for the West Indies from 1948 to 1958.