Captain Shaquan Belle ripped apart Reynold Weekes Primary’s batting with a devastating eight-wicket spell of fast bowling, to give reigning champions Bayley’s Primary their fifth title with a crushing 84-run victory, in the final of the Guardian Group Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket Competition at the Empire Cricket Club yesterday.
Chasing a total of 104 to win their first tournament since 1997, Reynold Weekes’ batsmen had no answer to the pace of Belle as the tall fast bowler took eight for 16 runs from five overs, to send the innings crashing to 19 all out off 10.2 overs.
Remarkably, all of Belle’s victims were bowled.
In the battle of two St Philip teams, Belle started Reynold Weekes’ demise with the third and fifth balls of his first over when he bowled R’Jai Gittens and Nykobie Connell without scoring.
Belle struck again with the fifth ball of second over when he rattled the stumps of Joshua Brathwaite, also without scoring, before proceeding to make a mockery of Reynold Weekes, who lost the top half of their batting with just two runs on the scorecard.
Empire is known for producing fast bowlers and Herman Griffith, the man who the tournament is named after, was a fearsome fast bowler for Barbados, the West Indies and Empire Club almost a century ago.
Therefore any fast bowler, even if a primary schoolboy, will be almost certain to create excitement among the crowd.
And the big crowd gathered at the ground came alive with excitement each time Belle ran into bowl. Reynold Weekes’ first runs off the bat was an edge for a single by Remere Harewood who batted at number seven.
Harewood, who was forced to retire after a yorker from Belle smashed into his left ankle, bravely returned to the crease after the ninth wicket fell but unfortunately, was struck on the same leg and forced to retire out with the score 19 for nine in the 11th over.
Rashad Gibbons, who made five was the only other batsman to get off the mark, as nine Reynold Weekes batsmen failed to score a single run.
Earlier, Belle won the toss, elected to bat and top-scored with 15 as Bayley’s posted 103 for eight wickets off their 25 overs.
Reynolds Weekes granted Bayley’s Primary an early Christmas gift of 41 extras that included 35 wides, five byes and one leg-bye.
Fast bowlers Jakeem Pollard finished with three for 23 while Micah Greenidge picked up three for nine, to contain the Bayley’s batsmen.