Champions knocked out
Wesley Hall suffers quarter-final loss
A new champion will be crowned in the Guardian Group 2014 Herman Griffith Primary School Cricket tournament after reigning kings Wesley Hall crashed to a six-run defeat to Milton Lynch Primary in today’s quarter-final played at Passage Road.
Sent in to bat, Milton Lynch posted 92 for eight from their allotted 25 overs, with all-rounder Johann Layne top-scoring with 33 and lower order batsman Devon Adams getting 21 not out.
Wesley Hall spinner Edwin Barnett captured three wickets for 11 runs from five overs while vice captain Joshua Morris also grabbed three wickets for 26 runs from his spell of five overs and Khalil Blades, two for 11 from five.
Milton Lynch then remarkably held ten-time champions Wesley Hall to 86 for seven from their 25 overs, to end the City-based school’s two-year winning streak as champions.
Morris was the only Wesley Hall batsman to get into double figures with a knock of 18.
Left-arm spinner, Devon Stevenson led the attack with four for 18 runs from five overs while Stephen Burgess took two for 18 runs from five overs.
Milton Lynch gifted Wesley Hall an amazing 31 extras but the boys from Passage Road failed to capitalise.
This is the second time Milton Lynch have reached the semi-final round, with their last berth coming three years ago. They will play former champions Charles F. Broome on Thursday at Dover.
Today’s encounter was nothing short of exciting as Milton Lynch crumbled to 12 runs for five wickets early on. However, Layne led a revival with purposeful batting to get his side up to their eventual total.
In response, Wesley Hall appeared to have things under control when they cruised to 50 for two in the 12th over. However, Milton Lynch’s bowlers dried up the scoring to leave Wesley Hall struggling for runs, and it came down to the defending champions needing nine runs from the final over bowled by spinner Dominique Brathwaite.
There was to be no fairy-tale finish, however, as Wesley Hall could only scrape three runs form the final six deliveries.
The first semi-final between former champions Bayley’s Primary and West Terrace primary will bowl off at Passage Road tomorrow.