Marshall stars for Combermere
Defending champions Nicholls Baking Combermere ended day two of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 three-day final with a commanding lead of 264 against Queen’s College at Kensington Oval today.
The Waterford, St Michael boys resumed from their overnight score of five without loss in their second innings and an overall lead of 53 after posting 153 for nine in their first innings on the opening day yesterday. In response, Queen’s College managed 105 for nine and at the close of play today Combermere had batted all day to finish on 216 for 8.
David Scott and Jonathan Douglin resumed Combermere’s second innings and Scott was the first to go in the sixth over lbw by medium-pacer Ajani Ince for five. This is brought in consistent batsman Shian Brathwaite. Three overs later another wicket fell when Douglin was bowled by Ajani Batson for six to leave the score at 30 for two.
Indal Persuad joined Brathwaite but the latter was bowled in the tenth over by medium pacer Kayode Miller with the score still on 30. Captain Shakkae Marshall filled the breach and with Persaud forged a good partnership.
Marshall struck a beautiful boundary to bring up Combermere’s 50 and they then saw the lead extended to 100 with only three wickets down. An injured Persaud was dropped on seven by Batson off the bowling of Deshon Mayers in the 15th over and he made Queen’s College bowlers pay despite his discomfort.
At lunch Combermere were 100 for three from 32 overs with a lead of 153. Marshall went to lunch on 51 from 70 balls which included eight fours and Persaud was unbeaten on 15.
After lunch Persaud went trapped lbw to Ince who captured four wickets for 33 runs from his spell of 15 overs which included four maidens. The all-rounder made 21 before his departure which ended a 91-run partnership with Marshall. The partnership came off 199 balls.
Zidane Clarke came in at number seven and saw the innings through to tea with the score on 147 for five in the 57th over. After tea Clarke was dismissed for 11 off 66 balls thanks to a spectacular diving catch at second slip by Nico Reifer off the bowling of Batson who took three wickets for 62 runs in 16 overs, two of which were maidens. Kastun Stoute was the next batsman in with Marshall who was on 97 and looking for a century. But he would fall three runs short when Batson bowled a full delivery to him in the 71st over that knocked his leg stump out of the ground.
All-rounder Lamar Springer was the eighth wicket to fall when he was caught by Kevon Hall off the bowling of Batson for just two with the score on 188 in the 75th over.
Avery Chandler was the ninth batsman in with Stoute who stroked the ball for two runs to bring up the 200 for Combermere. Play was called off for the day in the 79th over just around 5 p.m. and will resume tomorrow at 11 a.m. with Combermere having one hand already on the trophy.