Combermere take cricket title back to Waterford
Nicholls Baking Combermere captured their fourth straight title of the FLOW Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 Tournament after capturing first innings points over Queen’s College during their three-day final that ended in a draw at the Desmond Haynes Oval today.
Despite Combermere retaining the trophy it was Queen’s College captain and opener Nico Reifer who stole the show today with a brilliant knock of 121.
Play resumed today on the third and final day and Queen’s College continued their second inning on 48 for one from 22 overs with a lead of 12. They went on to score 178 for nine from 63.2 overs and set a target of 143 for Combermere who responded with 90 without loss in 36 overs before both sides decided to end the contest. Combermere openers Matthew Forde and Seth Agard batted well to end on 63 and 23 not out respectively.
Speaking after the final Combermere head coach Roddy Estwick said he was happy about retaining the trophy which the team had dedicated to the first female principal of the school, Dorien Pile, who passed away today.
“She [Dorien] was the one who brought me to Combermere and had the foresight along with Vernon Williams to bring a cricket master into the school. So today for me is a very special day even though it is a sad day,” Estwick said after leading the Waterford boys to their eighth overall title.
Queen’s College had lost opener Dijon Hunte yesterday caught wicketkeeper Jonathan Douglin off Indal Persaud. Reifer resumed his innings this morning on 43 along with number three batsman Jamahl Burke on one. Burke did not last long as he went for just three runs after being lbw to off-spinner Indal Persaud who ended with four wickets for 49 runs off 24.2 overs inclusive of six maidens.
Gebre Marshall was in at four and soon after Burke’s dismissal Reifer brought up his half century that included three fours off 98 balls and batting for 107 minutes. Just when Queen’s College were pressing along nicely, Marshall who was on four retired hurt with an ankle injury with the score on 76 for two with 35 overs bowled.
This brought Ajani Ince to the wicket and he settled in well and created a partnership of 39 with Reifer who played cautiously while Ince played some solid shots around the ground for his 22 runs off 15 balls that included two fours and a six.
Just when Queen’s College were looking good on 116, Ince was bowled by spinner Jemuel Miller who eventually finished with four wickets for 16 runs off seven overs with three maidens.
Jazz Griffith then made his way out to face the music and he did not dance whatsoever as he went for a duck off the bowling of Miller caught by Nicholas Austin.
Ethan Hicks came in and after adding just one single he too was cleaned up by Miller. Brandon Harrison was the next man in at number six and he tried to preserve his wicket heading into the lunch break. At that stage the score was 126 for five from 49 overs with Reifer on 87 and Harrison one.
After lunch Combermere got another breakthrough in the first over when Harrison was trapped lbw to Miller. Osaze Smith made eight before departing caught and bowled by Persaud.
Marshall returned to the fray and Reifer with wickets falling at the other end upped the tempo and brought up his hundred soon afterwards. The stylish batsman hit three fours and one six in his century that came off 179 balls and lasted three hours and 50 minutes.
Marshall made just seven before being superbly run out by a direct throw by Kastaun Stoute at long on. Kemar Jordan joined Reifer who was eventually bowled by Persaud to end his brilliant knock that included six fours and one six off 191 balls and 250 minutes.
At that stage Queen’s College declared on 178 for 9, setting Combermere 143 to win. But by that stage all that was needed to take the crown back to Waterford had already been achieved and Combermere were champs once again.
Summarised scores: Queen’s College 129-5 (35 overs) (Nico Reifer 65, Dijon Hunte 30, Ajani Ince 16) and178-9 declared (63.2 overs)(Nico Reifer 121, Ajani Ince 22; Jemel Miller 4-16, Indal Persaud 4-49).
Combermere 165-4 (35overs) (Zidane Clarke 42 not out, Kastun Stout 37, Matthew Forde 28, Seth Agard 21, Indal Persaud 11; Nico Reifer 2-23) and 90-0 (36 overs)(Matthew Forde 63 not out, Seth Agard 23 not out).
Honour roll: Batsman with most runs – Tyler Small (Parkinson – 376); Bowler with most wickets – Rondre Yearwood (Foundation – 41); Wicketkeeper with most dismissals – Jonathan Doughlin (Combermere – 15, 11 catches & 4 stumings) and Shaquan Wilkinson (Grantley Adams – 15, 13 catches & 2 stumpings); Fielder with most catches – Javere Cumberbatch (Frederick Smith – 12); Best allrounder – Tyler Small (Parkinson – 376 runs, 14 wickets, two wicketkeeper dismissals); Highest individual score – Tauron Gibson – 122 not out versus Graydon sealy; Bowler with best analysis – Rondre Yearwood, 6 for 24, 6 for 27 versus Daryll Jordan.