Top teams easily qualify for semifinals

Defending champions Foundation and 2012 finalists Combermere stayed in front of the pack and easily qualified for Monday’s semi-finals as the final round of the seven preliminary matches of the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket tournament was played yesterday.

sportsmicahhowardThanks to a scintillating knock of 116 by Micah Howard, Foundation amassed 238 for 4 in their forty overs and overran Choiseul by 123 runs at Bridgefield. The St. Lucia School fell for 115 in 27.1 overs in the face of Joshua Drakes’ 5 for 21 bowling figures.

Zone A front runners Combermere also posted a comfortable win over UK School Solihull who slumped for 84 in 27.5 overs. Matthew Jones stamped his authority on the batsmen and ended with 5 wickets for 14 runs. Combermere quickly knocked off the runs, reaching 87 for the loss of one wicket in a mere 9 overs.

Previous contenders Vishnu Boys’ bid for a top place in the zone was halted by compatriots Fatima College who subdued the Hindu Boys and took the third place in the zone.

A similar scene unfolded in Zone B whose front runners Powergen and Queen’s Park Club snuffed out any lingering hopes held by Pinelands and BCL Juniors. Powergen enjoyed a three-wicket win over BCL Juniors whom they restricted to 143 for 8 in their 40 overs at bat. In the encounter at the James Bryan Ground, Powergen replied with 147 for 7 in 33.2 overs.

The other Trinidad club, Queen’s Park, scored 219 for 6 in their innings against Pinelands at Isolation, St. Andrew. The Barbados team could only manage 163 for 8 in their turn at the crease.

Monday’s semi-final matches follow a master class for the 30 top performers. This is scheduled for Kensington Oval and will be conducted by Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Everton Weekes as well as by Seymour Nurse and Charlie Griffith.

Monday’s semi-finals are carded for Windward, St Philip and the Desmond Haynes Oval, Black Rock

Summarised scores:

At Gall Hill:

Fatima beat Vishnu by six wickets. Vishnu Boys Hindu College 77 all out (26.5 overs) (Timothy Jagmohan 18, Jesse Fletcher 17; Tyrone Phillip 2-9, Anand Lochan 2-9, Daniel Brown 2-16, Shawn Persaud 2-21). Fatima College 78-4 (20 overs) (Shawn Persaud 20, Lindel George 13, Jacy O’Brien 12 n.o., Kaleem Felix 2-17).

At Crab Hill:

Christianburg beat Presentation by 96 runs. Christianburg Wismar 240-8 (40 overs) (Keino McKenzie 69, Julien Fortune 47, Stephan Brown 45, Lawrence Brown 17; Karan Pooran 3-36, John Michael Chadee 2-29). Presentation College 144 (34.2 overs) (Kamil Pooran 48, Jordan Jahoor 25, Akshay Mangalee 16, Shawn Vialva 15, John Michael Chadee 11; Stephan Browne 3-20, Phillip Benjamin 2-17, Steve Ramdass 2-40).

At Content:

Combermere beat Solihull by nine wickets. Solihull 84 all out (27.5 overs) (Jonathan Allen 18, Darryl Brotherhood 15 n.o., James Hughes 12; Matthew Jones 5-14, Ian Boyce 2-25). Combermere 87-1 (9.3 overs) (Nathan Mayers 30 n.o., Matthew Jones 25 n.o., Leniko Boucher 21).

At Bridgefield:

Foundation beat Choiseul by 123 runs. Foundation 238-4 (40 overs) (Micah Howard 116 (127 balls, 5×4, 1×6), Amal Nathaniel 42 n.o., Joshua Drakes 37, Shomari Gibson 13 n.o.; Marvric Pamphile 2-35). Choiseul 115 all out (27.1 overs) (Curtly Harris 31, Marvric Pamphile 28, Shanii Mesmain 26; Joshua Drakes 5-21, Amal Nathaniel 3-23, Shakeem Blades 2-26).

ZONE B At Isolation: Queen’s Park beat Pinelands by 56 runs.

Queen’s Park 219-6 (40 overs) (Joshua Ramdoo 45, Kelly Rosallis 36, Mikel Riley 33, Jason Batson 29, Kerron Simmons 27 n.o., Akeem Harris 2-35). Pinelands Cricket Academy 163-8 (40 overs) (Kerron Bolden 43, Kyle Sargeant 42, Akeem Harris 30, Rasheed Wharton 16; Jonathan Bootan 3-17, Kwesi Fournillier 3-34).

At Wayne Daniel:

Antigua beat St. Leonard’s by three wickets. St. Leonard’s 128 all out (33.2 overs) (Tremaine Harris 24, Kadeem Edwards 21, Renaldo Boyce 15, Remario Knight 14; Kofi James 3-27, Kenrick Scott 3-27, Hughan Tonge 2-29, Zubin Deyal 2-33). Antigua Schools 129-7 (38.5 overs) (Omavi Matthew 47 n.o., Shequan Hewlett 24, Michael Dover 20, Shakeel Turney 2-20, Damario Goodman 2-30).

At Greens:

New Amsterdam won by 71 runs. New Amsterdam Combined 186-6 (40 overs) (Clifton Lindie 49, Rudolph Singh 24, Elon Schulz 22, Vidol LeFleur 21, Hukunchand Sewnarine 18 n.o., Ravindranauth Roopchand 14 n.o; Shane Lewis 3-49). Dominica Schools 115 all out (36 overs) (Kaffim Peltier 27, Dishon Joseph 25 n.o., Tahj Tavernier 23, Shervon Dorsette 13, Rudolph Singh 3-17, Martin Singh 2-30).

At James Bryan:

Powergen beat BCL Juniors by three wickets. BCL Juniors 143-8 (40 overs) (Jarad Leacock 31 n.o., Shaquille Richards 28, Vitally Wilkinson 15, Zachary McCaskie 13, Roshon Primus 13, Keron Kanhai 1; Jordan Samkarran 4-44, Jonathan Williams 2-16, Romario Greaves 2-17). Powergen Penal Sports Club 147-7 (33.2 overs) (Keron Kanhai 47, Dillon Mohammed 29, Jordan Samkaran 22 n.o., Jamee Ma

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