West Terrace in Final
Bayley’s upset in first semi-final
An impressive half-century knock from West Terrace opener Jadon Leacock helped West Terrace Primary upset Bayley’s Primary by ten runs and clinch a spot in the final of the Guardian Group 2014 Herman Griffith primary Schools Cricket competition here today.
Asked to bat first in the opening semi-final at Passage Road, West Terrace posted 126 for three from their allotted 25 overs, with Leacock top-scoring with 55 and Micaiah Simmons stroking 33.
In response, Bayley’s came up short with 116 for six from 25 overs, with Nemar Bolden hammering 43 and middle order batsman Azari Best getting 14.
Simmons returned to play a key role with the ball, taking two for 26 from his five overs to help restrict Bayley’s.
The St Philip institution will now await the winner of tomorrow’s semi-final between Charles F Broome and Milton Lynch, before knowing their opponents in the final of the tournament scheduled for December 4th.
Leacock and Darian Bailey (4) opened the batting for West Terrace, with Bailey first to go caught at point by Romario Mayers Alleyne off the bowling of leg spinner Daniel Joseph.
Simmons joined Leacock at the crease and the pair batted positively to propel the West Terrace innings, before Simmons was run out by Best.
West Terrace skipper Malik Young did not stick around for long, falling via the run route as well.
Leacock was eventually forced to retire hurt after he was struck on the head by a beamer and had to be taken away to hospital.
In reply, Bayley’s found run-scoring difficult and with pressure building, began to lose wickets at the top of the order. However, Mayers-Alleyne hit 19 to provide a brief rally for the innings but Jadon Small (3) and Tarique Harris (1) fell cheaply to leave the innings in crisis.
With Bayley’s needing 42 runs in seven overs, Best and Bolden took responsibility for the innings with some lusty blows which gave their side hope, albeit briefly.
Best eventually fell to a catch at long-off off Simmons while Bolden missed out on a deserved half-century when he was comprehensively bowled by medium pacer, Raheem Archer.