A magnificent five-wicket haul from Reynold Weekes Primary captain, Micah Greenidge, ensured his team reached the Guardian Group National Sports Council Herman Griffith Primary Schools final for the first time in 20 years, when they beat St Giles Primary by 34 runs on Tuesday.
Playing in the semi-final at Briar Hall, the boys from Four Roads, St Phillip posted 95 for six from their allotted 25 overs, after winning the toss and opting for first knock.
Jakeem Pollard top-scored with 34 but the remainder of the batting fell apart, as Sanchez Reid-Haynes and Jaden Martindale captured two wickets apiece.
In reply, two-time former champions St Giles were uprooted for 61 all out from 18.5 overs, with medium pacer Greenidge grabbing five for 18 runs from his allotted five overs.
Fellow pace bowler, R’Jai Gittens produced a fine display of line and length bowling to take three for 12 from his five overs.
Having last celebrated as champions in 1997, Reynold Weekes’ performance put them on course to end their long drought in the competition, especially after the disappointment last year when they faltered at the quarter-final stage.
They started poorly, losing both openers Micah Greenidge and R’Jai Gittens without scoring. The departure of Greenidge, in particular, was a major blow especially with the batsman having previously scored two magnificent centuries in the competition to date with 101 not out against St Mark’s Primary and a knock of 113 against St Martin’s Mangrove.
However, Pollard took responsibility for the innings batting at number five but was the only player to manage double figures as wickets tumbled around him.
In response, St Giles had reached nine for one in the fourth over when their run chase was held up by rain. When play resumed, however, the lads from the Ivy, St Michael crumbled spectacularly as Greenidge produced an incisive spell to destroy the innings.
The highest individual score was five from Reid-Haynes.
Reynold Weekes Primary will now await the winner of the other semi-final between defending champions Bayley’s and Eden Lodge, which was postponed until next Monday.
Conditions at the Dover venue proved unsuitable for the game to be played.