Combermere, QC share honours on day one of U-15 final
A classy 65 from captain Nico Reifer led Queen’s College to 129 for five on the first day of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 three-day final against Nicholls Baking Combermere at the Desmond Haynes Oval today.
Combermere captain Zidane Clark won the toss and opted to bowl, a decision that favoured Queen’s College during the initial stages as openers Reifer and Dijon Hunte put on an opening stand of 81 in the rain-affected game.
Combermere had a few chances to dismiss the two openers, with Hunte especially having a huge slice of luck when he was dropped by Nicholas Austin off Clark just before the water break. Hunte was also dropped by wicketkeeper Jonathan Doughlin,
Combermere tightened up both their bowling and fielding as the day progressed with the openers playing the occasional lovely stroke on both sides of the wicket. However Combermere finally got the breakthrough when Hunte was stumped by Douglin off spinner Indal Persaud who ended with figures of one wicket for 18 runs inclusive of a maiden off his allotted seven overs.
That wicket fell in the 27th over and rain came down at that stage around 1:35p.m. and forced lunch to be taken early. The in-form Reifer was unbeaten on 51 that came in 96 minutes off 74 balls and included two fours and one six.
Resuming after lunch around 2:25p.m. Reifer and number three batsman Ajani Ince tried to continue where they left off but it wasn’t too long before Ince departed in the 33rd over for 16 caught and bowled by medium-pacer Kai Rollins who finished with one for 35 off his seven overs.
Jazz Griffith was the next man in and he did not last long, being run out by Mathew Forde at the bowler’s end for just two in the 34th over with the score on 122 for three. The very next ball Reifer was caught in the deep by Rollins off the bowling of fast bowler Forde after occupying the crease for 117 minutes, facing 83 balls and striking three fours and one six. That wicket brought celebration among the Combermerians but at that stage it was perhaps a little too late with just an over and one ball remaining.
Jamahl Burke batting at five and Ethan Hicks at six were fresh at the crease and with limited time to bat Burke and Hicks ran like hares to capitalize on every single on offer. Hicks was eventually run out for five by wicketkeeper Douglin off the final ball of the innings while Burke ended unbeaten on two.
Combermere took to the wicket just after 3p.m. with openers Seth Agard and Mathew Forde. Queen’s College fast bowler Ajani Ince opened the bowling and the first ball of his spell to Agard was a steepling bouncer that went into the boundary for four byes.
That delivery certainly stirred the crowd if they had fallen asleep and just when they were waiting with bated breath to see what next was to follow as Ince made his strides back to the bowling mark the rain returned around 3:15p.m. and forced umpires Mervyn Corbin and Randolph McCollin to call off play for the remainder of the day. Play will resume tomorrow at 12p.m.
Queen’s College 1st Innings
*N. Reifer c Rollins b Forde 65
+D. Hunte st Doughlin b Persaud 30
A.Ince c & b Rollins 16
J. Griffith run out 2
J. Burke run out 2
E. Hicks not out 5
Extras (b2, lb1, w3,nb3) 9
TOTAL (5 wks – 35 overs) 129
Fall of wickets: 1-81, 2-114, 3-122, 4-122, 5-129.
Did not bat: G. Marshall, D. Alleyne, B. Harrison, O. Smith, K. Jordan.
Bowling: Rollins 7-1-35-1 (w2, nb2), Persaud 7-1-18-1, Clarke 7-1-13-0, Austin 7-0-27-0, Miller 5-0-28-0, Forde 2-0-5-1.
Combermere 1st Innings
S. Agard not out 0
M. Agard not out 0
Extras (b4) 4
TOTAL (no wk – 0.1 overs)4
Did not bat: *Z. Clarke, K. Stoute, I. Persaud, +J. Doughlin, N. Austin, K. Rollins, S. Holder, K. Holder, J. Miller.
Bowling: Ince 0.1-0-0-0.