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HC edge The Lodge School to make semis

Harrison College pulled off a one-wicket victory in a nail-biting finish against Milo Lodge School on the second and final day of their quarterfinal match of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 two-day competition today.

On the opening day The Lodge School made 149 all out off 31.3 overs and Harrison College in response scored 171 for seven from their 35 overs to take a lead of 22 runs.

The Lodge School batting a second time posted 117 all out from 33.3 overs to set their hosts a target of 95. In response Harrison College scraped home in the thriller finishing on 96 for nine off 23.3 overs.

Harrison College batsman Ahijah Hill strokes the ball through the covers during his vital knock of 32 today. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Harrison College batsman Ahijah Hill strokes the ball through the covers during his vital knock of 32 today. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

The Lodge School’s opener Renico Alleyne batted well at the top once again, even though wickets crumbled around him. Fellow opener Jonothan Griffith was bowled by medium-pacer Joshua Griffin for a duck. Griffin ended with figures of three for 13 off five overs.

Christopher Best came in at number three and went caught by Hayden Hart off Griffin’s bowling for just one. Jelani Evelyn was in at number four and suffered the same fate when he also scored one but was dismissed this time off the bowling of Jake Hart.

The Lodge School fast bowler Christopher Best was all fired up as he claimed another of his three wickets.

The Lodge School fast bowler Christopher Best was all fired up as he claimed another of his three wickets.

The Lodge School’s wicket-keeper batsman Kwame Patton joined forces with Alleyne who was still at the other end trying to hold the innings together. Patton contributed 12 but was eventually caught by Leonard O’Garro off Griffin.

Kwame Small entered the fray at number six and added seven to the total before being caught by Hayden Hart off the bowling of his brother Jake.

The Lodge School then suffered a major loss when Alleyne followed soon after for a patient 19. Lemar Depradine batting at number seven and Delon Prescod at ten also contributed 19 each with Prescod finishing not out. Harrison College’s leg-spinner William Gordon was responsible for the last two wickets to fall.

Harrison College got off to a shaky start in pursuit of the target when opener Harley Moseley was bowled for one by fast bowler Best who would finish with three for 32 from seven overs.

Captain Jonlhi Jordan joined opener William Gordon and the skipper only managed six before departing caught and bowled by Prescod for six. Best grabbed another scalp when Jaden Norville caught number four batsman Hayden Hart at short leg for seven runs.

Ahijah Hill came in and stuck around with Gordon and the pair steadied things somewhat before Gordon eventually went caught behind by wicketkeeper Patton off Best for 17. Jake Hart came in at number six, made four, before he was caught by Best off Griffith who ended with two wickets for 18 runs from five overs. The score was 74 for four with 17 overs bowled at that stage when things started to go downhill for Harrison College.

O’Garro came and went swiftly, bowled by Griffith for a duck with the score still on 74. Decarai Taylor joined Hill and the pair pressed on. Then, crucially, Hill was dismissed for 32 to give The Lodge School supporters hope of an amazing win. Hill’s innings included four boundaries. The score was now 92 for seven with 21 overs having been bowled.

Jabari Hunte came in to face the music and in the following over Taylor departed for eight, bowled Zachary Nicholls who claimed three for 28 off 6.3 overs.

Number ten batsman Kaleb Gibbs was also bowled by Nicholls for two and Harrison College had crumbled to 94 for 9 in the 23rd over before their stunned home fans.

However the nerves of the Crumpton Street faithful were finally settled when Joshua Griffin came in and edged two runs past wicketkeeper Patton to win the game for his side.

In other matches today, Nicholls Baking Combermere and Foundation drew at Church Hill, Christ Church. Scores were Foundation 95 and 136 for 6 declared, Combermere 107 and 105 for 5. At Belleplaine, St Andrew, Alleyne School drew with St Leonard’s. Scores were Alleyne 192 for 7 and 105 for 5, St Leonard’s 32. At Husbands, St James, Queen’s College drew with Coleridge & Parry. Scores were Queen’s College 78 and 125, Coleridge & Parry 76 and 56 for 5.

 The semifinals slated for August 5 and 6 will see Harrison Collge playing Combermere at Friendship, and Alleyne taking on Queen’s College at the Desmond Haynes Oval. The final is scheduled for August 11-13.

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