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Historic victory

Little Zahar Lokhat caught everyone’s eye today at Passage Road.

Defending champions Bayley’s Primary created history today in the Guardian General Insurance-sponsored Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition.

Playing at their St Philip home ground, Bayley’s made the highest score in the history of the tournament when they smashed 339 without loss in 25 overs against St Philip’s Primary with openers Latrel Greenidge making 142 and Romari Alleyne scoring 147, his second ton in as many matches. Victory was basically a formality and Bayley’s duly dismissed the shell-shocked St Philip Primary’s youngsters for 43 in 14 overs to win the encounter by 294 runs.

Family members and those affiliated with Bayley’s shouted themselves hoarse as Alleyne and Greenidge blazed away, matching each other for strokeplay, and consigning their opponents to running helter-skelter across the pasture chasing leather in the early morning sun.

Alleyne showed his all-round potential when St Philip’s Primary batted, snaring 2 for 9. But it was Joshua Straughan who was the chief wrecker of the innings with figures of 5 for 5. None of the St Philip’s Primary School’s batsmen reached double figures. The win gave Bayley’s their second victory in as many games. They next play Reynold Weekes Primary on Wednesday at Bayley’s.

At Passage Road, title-chasing Wesley Hall and one of the traditional powerhouses in the competition made it four wins in four games when they easily disposed of George Lamming. Batting first, Wesley Hall made 140 for 5 in their 25 overs and then bowled out George Lamming for 51 in the 16th over to win by 89 runs. The promising Shamar Forde top-scored with 28 at the top of the order and received good assistance from Jai Clarke who made 25 and Dandra Scott who chipped in with 24.

George Lamming lost wickets steadily in their reply and also found difficulty getting the ball off the square as the Wesley Hall attack bowled a very decent line and length. Double-figure contributions came from Justin Hoyte with 18 and Andre James, 15.

Though he did not get into double figures, tiny seven-year-old Zafar Lokhat, a left-handed class 2 pupil caught the eye. As he grows stronger with age and maturity over the next three to four, he will be a force with which to reckon with both bat and ball in the tournament.Forde took 2 for 7 runs, Rivaldo Clarke 2 for 3 and Jaden Hoyte, 3 for 8.

While Bayley’s were slaughtering the bowling in the east, Wills Primary were being mauled in the south. Playing against Blackman and Gollop Primary at Dash Valley, Wills suffered the ignominy of being bowled out for two runs in response to the winners’ score of 155 for 9 in their 25 overs. Michael Hoyte had the ridiculously good figures of six wickets for 1 run, while Nathan Goddard was equally devastating taking four wickets for 1 run.

Earlier Kai Rollins with 36 and D’Andre Philips, 31, led the batting effort for Blackman and Gollop. Jalan Babb captured 2 for 25.At Greens, Andrew Rogers hit a solid 73 as St Luke’s Brighton notched up 170 for 7 in their 25 overs and then dismissed St John Primary for 82 in 13.4 overs to win by 88 runs. Jalani Bascombe also got among the runs for the winners, scoring 31. Randy Brathwaite got 3 for 25 for St John’s Primary. Imani Blackman top-scored for St. John’s Primary with 13 while Joshua Griffith captured 4 for 31 and Diquone Roberts 3 for 23 to lead the St Luke’s Brighton bowling attack.

In other matches: St Martin’s Mangrove (132 for 2) defeated Hilda Skeene (95 all out) by 37 runs – Rashawn Ramsay made 56 not out and Tyrique Williams, 43; Gordon Greenidge (76 for 2) defeated Selah Primary (75 all out) by 8 wickets; at Blenheim A, St Angela’s (42 for 3) beat People’s Cathedral (41 all out) by 7 wickets; at Welches, Welches Primary (64 for 5) beat Good Shepherd (63 all out) by 5 wickets, Welches’ Stephen Birch took 6 for 6; at Conrad Hunte, St Silas (40 for 6) beat Chalky Mount (38 all out) by 4 wickets, St. Silas’ Zahir Sandiford took 5 for 11; at Friendship, St Matthews (135 for 6) defeated Deacons (32 all out) by 104 runs, St. Matthews’ Rachad O’neal made 55; at Inch Marlow, St Christopher (54 for 3) defeated St Winifred’s (51 for 7) by 7 wickets; at Blenheim B, Charles F Broome (134 for 8) beat Luther Thorne (93 for 8) by 41 runs.

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