Combermere are the winners of the St Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament. Today they won the title after defeating 360 Cricket Academy of Australia by eight wickets at Kensington Oval. It was Combermere’s sixth win of the championship.
Combermere who have rich cricket history in Barbados, are now the most successful team in the competition surpassing Grenada Combined Schools who have won the competition on five occasions.
Set a total of 146 in 40 overs to win the match, Combermere needed just 19 overs and 83 minutes to register a comprehensive victory and increase their silverware. Opening batsmen Shian Brathwaite (60) and Kastun Stoute (59) made light work of the target with an opening partnership of 115. They flayed the Australian bowlers to all parts of the Oval.
Combermere raced to 50 in 5.3 overs. Stoute who was in an attacking mood struck pacers Austin Philips and Braydon Cameron who opened the bowling, over the boundary twice in opening overs of the innings. Brathwaite, the vice-captain of Barbados Under 19 team that is taking part in the Regional Under 19 Tournament scheduled for St Vincent at the end of the month, was a bit more sedate but also found the boundary at will.
Brathwaite and Stoute kept the tempo up and in no time Combermere were 100 in 15.3 overs. At that stage it appeared as if the two openers were going to secure victory for the Waterford-based school without them losing a wicket. Stoute was the first to reach 50 from 59 balls, but eventually, he was caught and bowled by medium pacer Ronikko Ross after batting for 62 minutes and struck six fours and four sixes.
Man-of-the-Match Brathwaite whose 60 was the highest score of the match batted for 77 minutes, faced 66 balls and struck seven fours and two massive sixes. He was dismissed with the score at 147, caught by wicketkeeper Coby Cornish off Ross, but by then Combermere were on their way to victory. Ross was the leading bowler for the Academy with two wickets for 22 runs from three overs.
Earlier, the Australians scored 145 for the loss of eight wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat. The Academy lost their first two wickets with just three runs on the scoreboard and slumped to 25 for three before Harrison King with 34 and Mitchell Sciberas with 25 added 22 for the fourth wicket to take the score to 46.
After King was dismissed, Scriberas and Thomas Byrnes with 18, prevented a further slide with a 30-run partnership. But it was a quick-fire 24 from Coby Cornish with two fours and a six along with 18 from Ross that took the boys from Down under to a respectable total. Each of the six bowlers used by Combermere during the Academy’s innings took a wicket.
Summarised scores: 360 Academy 145/8 in 40 overs, H. King 34, M. Scriberras 25, C. Cornish 24, R. Ross 18.
Combermere 147/2, K. Stoute 59, S. Brathwaite 60, R Ross 2/22. Man of the Match Shian Brathwaite.