Raheem Archer hits first century in final leading West Terrace to victory
Right-handed opening batsman, Raheem Archer wrote his name on history’s page. And so too did West Terrace Primary.
Archer became the first batsman to score a hundred in the final of the Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition, and in so doing, he led his team to their first ever title, as they defeated Charles F. Broome by 74 runs today.
The historic moment took place at the famous 100-year-old Empire ground in Bank Hall, St Michael, where a large crowd gathered to view the highly anticipated clash.
The talented batsman ended his final year in the competition with a brilliant unbeaten knock of 114, during which he peppered Charles F. Broome’s bowlers to all parts of the ground.
Archer’s memorable innings lasted almost two hours and was laced with 15 boundaries and one six, from just 76 balls.
His performance helped to put West Terrace in a commanding position after they won the toss and chose to bat, racking up a massive 206 for two from their allotted 25 overs.
In response former champions Charles F. Broome put up some fight, but were only able to muster 132 for eight.
Following the early dismissal of Jaden Leacock, who was caught behind by wicketkeeper Khalil Clarke off the bowling of Makhaya Moore, with the score
on 36, Archer and his new partner Michiah Simmons went to work.
The pair frustrated Charles F. Broome’s bowlers during a 137 run partnership, as they played shots all around the ground.
They brought up West Terrace’s 100 in 13.2 overs, but shortly after passing the 150 mark, Simmons was caught and bowled for a well-played 42 by spinner Caleb Massiah, to leave West Terrace 173-2 in the 21st over.
His innings lasted 73 minutes and he faced 48 balls while strike two boundaries.
Darian Bailey joined Archer, who brought up his hundred the next over in grand style with a four through long off.
West Terrace was also aided by some sloppy bowling from their opponents, who conceded 28 extras, which included 20 wides.
In their turn at the crease, Charles F. Broome found themselves suffering an early setback when opener Nathan Walters had to retire hurt in the third over after being struck in the chest by a delivery from West Terrace captain Malik Young.
This brought Raneico Smith to the crease and he made just three runs before he was sent back to the pavilion, comprehensively bowled by off-spinner Nathan Forde in the sixth over with the score on 24.
Charles F. Broome vice-captain Christian Haynes didn’t last long either, as he faced only three balls before also being bowled by Forde.
Walters’ return to the crease was short-lived as Young returned to bowl him over for just three runs.
Wickets continued to fall rapidly, with Caleb Massiah being the next to go, bowled by Young for six.
When captain Jahdai Belle was dismissed for a patient knock of 26, caught at short extra cover off the bowling of Che Simmons to leave Charles F. Broome tottering on 78 for five, the writing was on the wall.
And despite a fighting unbeaten knock of 20 from Nathan Collymore, none of the other batsmen offered any other support, and they never got close to their mammoth target.
Forde was the pick of West Terrace’s bowlers, ending with two wickets for
19 runs from five overs while Young picked up two for 20.
West Terrace’s physical education teacher, Roderick Harmon told Barbados TODAY words could not express how much the victory meant to the team and they were already looking forward to defending the title next year.
Bayley’s Romario Mayers-Alleyne was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, after he scored 184 runs and took eight wickets.