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In charge

Combermere hold the advantage over Queen’s College

Defending champions Nicholls Baking Combermere go into day two of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 three-day final tomorrow with a 53-run lead over Queen’s College.

Playing today at Kensington Oval, Combermere won the toss and elected to bat and posted 153 for nine from their allotted 35 overs. In response Queen’s College were only able to tally 105 for nine in their 35 overs to give the lads from Waterford, St Michael first innings honours.

Shian Brathwaite and David Scott opened the batting for Combermere. Brathwaite who produced a brilliant century knock in the semi-final against The Alleyne School last week failed to have a similar impact on proceedings today. He was dismissed cheaply for 11 in the fifth over with the score on 14.

Indal Persuad came in to join Scott but the latter was gone two overs later trapped lbw by medium-pace bowler Ajani Ince for one run. Captain Shakkae Marshall filled the breach at number four but quickly lost Persuad who went for a duck in the seventh over with the score on 18 for three.

Marshall and Kofi Gilkes who came in at five had their work cut out for them with the Combermere in a spot of bother. The pair played some lovely shots around the ground especially Marshall who scored the majority of his runs on the on-side. He compiled a well-played 45 from 58 balls before Queen’s College wicketkeeper Ajani Waterman smartly stumped him off off-spinner Deshon Mayers to end their  82-run partnership.

A few balls later Gilkes went for 34 from 64 balls after edging an expansive drive at Mayers and giving Waterman a sharp catch behind the stumps to leave the score on 111 for five in the 28th over. Mayers ended with figures of four for 23 from six overs.

Number six batsman Zidane Clarke and Lamar Springer at seven showed aggressive intent from the outset. Springer lashed 21 from 15 balls that included one six and a four while Clarke scored his 21 from 28 balls which included two fours.

Springer was the sixth wicket to fall when he was bowled by off-spinner Zaire Griffith. Kastun Stoute joined Clarke but the latter was caught at mid-on by Griffith off the bowling of Mayers.

Avery Chandler entered the fray in the 34th over and poked the ball around before Stoute was caught by Kayode Miller for two off Mayers.

Tailender Jonathan Douglin was the ninth batsman in but he was caught at short midwicket for a duck by Griffith off medium-pacer Ajani Batson.

Last man Anthony Manning-Merritt  finished on one run along with number nine batsman Chandler who was unbeaten on five.

Nico Reifer and Mekhail Marshall opened the Queen’s College innings about 3 p.m. and got them off to a reasonable start before Marshall went stumped for 21 in the 12 over by wicketkeeper Chandler off the bowling of off-spinner Marshall with the score on 31.

Waterman joined Reifer who was finding it difficult to score runs and was eventually caught at cover by Shian Brathwaite off off-spinner Persuad for 16 runs from the
53 deliveries he faced. Persaud took two for 20 from seven overs.

Ince came to the wicket and looked positive from the start but just when things were looking up for Queen’s College with the score on 50 for three in the 19th over another wicket fell. Waterman was lured into error by Persaud and was caught caught by Gilkes at mid-on for nine.

Kayode Miller was in at five but was soon run out by Springer at square leg for a duck in the 20th over. Jamal Burke joined Ince and they tried to steady the innings, taking very few risks. But Combermere had more success in the 24th over when off-spinner Manning-Merritt bowled a full toss and Ince was trapped lbw as he swiped across the line of the ball with his score on 10. At this stage the score was 62 for five.

Number seven batsman Zaire Griffith joined Burke with their school in dire straits. Five runs were added when Griffith was clean bowled by Brathwaite for two with the score on 67 for six after 26.4 overs.

The disappointing batting performance from Queen’s College’s batsmen continued. Number eight batsman Ajani Batson came in and departed in a flash, caught Brathwaite off Manning-Merritt for one. Burke, battling on at the other end, was  joined by Mayers. Mayers was then run out for five by Gilkes at mid-on in the 33rd over. Kevon Hall and Burke saw the innings through with the overs rapidly running out. Burke was eventually run out for 27 from 50 balls in the 35th over.

The umpires called off play at 5 p.m. but that decision was apparently protested against by the coaches who said play should finish at 5:20 p.m. and not 5 p.m. The umpires decided to go back onto the field ten minutes after the protest and just one over of Combermere’s second innings was bowled and they ended the day on five without loss.


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