Herman Griffith tourney bowls off
Some eager and highly promising youngsters took to cricket fields across the island today for the opening of the 2012 Guardian General Insurance Limited-sponsored Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition.
At Friendship, St. Michael, where West Indies senior team cricketer Kraigg Brathwaite and junior representative Anthony Alleyne gave a pep talk to pupils of George Lamming and St. Stephen’s, their words appeared to resonate more with the Black Rock, St. Michael school which defeated George Lamming by 74 runs.
Batting first, St. Stephen’s made 145 for six in their 25 overs, with Alpha Jackman top-scoring with 59.
Jackman batted beautifully and was especially severe on anything short. He received good support from Neville Blackman (14), Baggio Worrell (17) and Duncan Worrell (11). Spinner Zafar Lokhat and Coby Mayers both took two wickets.
In reply, George Lamming’s castle quickly crumbled and they were dismissed for 71. Their chief tormentor was Shaquon Henry who had the outstanding figures of 5-1-12-4. He got excellent assistance from yet another Worrell in the St Stephen’s line-up, this time Rashon, who snared three wickets for nine runs in four miserly overs.
At Speightstown, All Saints and St. Albans clashed in the battle of the north and All Saints came out victorious by six wickets.
Batting first, St. Albans were shot out for 74 in 19 overs and All Saints responded with 75 for four.
At Warleigh, Shaguanie Phillips’ solid 50 was the foundation of Roland Edwards’ 100 all out in their northern clash with St. Lucy Primary.
Phillips’ knock took on even more significance when St. Lucy collectively could not make that score, being dismissed for 47. It was an all-round bowling effort by the winners with Ramon Toppin (2 for 7), Daniel Boyce (2 for 7) and Salifa Hope (2 for 2) doing the damage.
Earlier, Tyrell Norville took 3 for 23 in Roland Edwards’ innings.
At Conrad Hunte, a low-scoring affair saw St. Margaret’s defeat Chalky Mount by 50 runs.
St. Margaret’s batted first and were bundled out for 79 with Luke Worrell top-scoring with 27. Venice Vaughan, amazingly, took five wickets without conceding a run.
But that was as good as it got for Chalky Mount. In their turn at the wicket they batted even worse than St. Margaret’s to be all out for 29. Jakeem Hall took five wickets for seven runs.
In a thriller at Green’s, St. Jude’s Primary took first knock against St. George Primary and made 93 for 9 in 20 overs with Jamar Graham top-scoring with 22 and Jalani Evelyn (19), Lemar Catlyn (17) and Runako Brathwaite (10) chipping in.
St. George Primary then made heavy weather of the small total but finally got home in the 19th over losing nine wickets in the process for a total of 94. Almore Browne was the mainstay of the innings with 37.
In other matches:
At Chapel, St. Martin’s Mangrove (26 for 2) beat St. Philip Primary (25 all out) by eight wickets; at Blenheim “B” St. Winifred’s (69 all out) beat St. Gabriel’s (68 all out) by one run; at Inch Marlow, Milton Lynch (69 for 6) defeated St Christopher (64 all out) by four wickets; At Bagatelle, Welches Primary (59 for one) beat Deacon’s (58 all out) by nine wickets; at Eden Lodge, Eden Lodge (107 for 8) beat Good Shepherd (79 for 5) by 28 runs; at Passage Road, Grazettes (63 all out) beat St. Giles (53 all out) by 10 runs; at Emmerton, Wesley Hall (156 for 9) defeated St. Mary’s (34 all out) by 122 runs; at Lowlands, Selah (41 for 4) beat Ignatius Byer (40 all out) by six wickets; at Farmers, St. Bernards (89 for 1) beat Hillaby Turners Hall (86 all out) by nine wickets.
Fifty-six schools are involved in the tournament with matches being played on Wednesdays and Fridays. (WG)