Captain Oliver Gooding took two wickets and scored an unbeaten 35 runs as Good Shepherd Primary beat Reynold Weekes Primary by eight wickets on Tuesday, to book their place in the final of the National Sports Council Guardian Group Herman Griffith Primary Schools Competition.
Reynold Weekes, runners-up last year to defending champions Bayley’s Primary, posted 101 for seven off their allotted 25 overs, after winning the toss and opting to bat at Lears Ground.
In response, Good Shepherd, who last reached the final 20 years ago, made light work of the target in scoring 103 for two from 20.4 overs, thanks to the in-form Gooding at number three.
Victorious coach Junior Richards said hard work throughout the year paid off for his team, and he credited his bowlers for their execution again Reynold Weekes.
“We have an excellent bowling team, and we restricted them to 101 and once we did that we knew that we had the game wrapped up because on this ground [Lears] that is not a lot of runs,” Richards said.
Gooding first starred with the ball, claiming two for 15 from his five allotted overs, to help undermine the Reynold Weekes innings.
Left-arm spinner Luc Reid, however, was the pick of Good Shepherd bowling with three for 18 runs from five overs while Rashad Allman and Jayden Cummins grabbed a wicket each.
For Reynold Weekes, Kevon Wickham top-scored with an unbeaten while Joshua Brathwaite chipped in with 16.
When Good Shepherd batted, their openers gave them a decent start, with Rashad Allman getting 14 and Emeil Reid scoring 13.
Reid was the first to fall, brilliantly taken at short extra cover by Jakeem Pollard off the bowling of Brathwaite and Allman followed via the run out route, courtesy of a direct hit from Justin Parris.
However, Gooding took matters into his own hands in an innings that came from 43 balls and lasted 60 minutes, and which guided his side to victory.
Reynold Weekes’ bowlers had a rough day at the office, sending down 35 extras including a whopping 31wides.
Their coach Crystal Gollop explained the team was now in a rebuilding phase, and said preparation had been much more challenging this year, especially having lost former NSC coach Thelston Payne who retired last year.
“The fielding let us down today but we will continue to work with the boys,” said Gollop.
“We used to have Payne who is no longer there, but we have Jason Parris from Kiddies cricket and Pickwick Club who comes in on Mondays and assists.”
Good Shepherd will now await the winners of Wednesday’s second semi-final between Eden Lodge and Bayley’s Primary, who are chasing their fifth title.