Foundation earn bragging rights as best Under-15 cricketers
Christ Church Foundation are in the sporting spotlight once again, after crushing Milo Lodge by an innings and two runs to win the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 Championship trophy today at the Desmond Haynes Oval, Carlton, Black Rock, St Michael.
After placing themselves in a commanding position on the opening day Tuesday against The Lodge School who posted 108 for eight from their allotted 35 overs after winning the toss, the Church Hill lads never relinquished their grasp on the game. Foundation’s frenetic batting display led them to a score of 182 for eight from their 35 overs.
Batting a second time, The Lodge School had a deficit of 74 runs to erase but crumbled to 72 runs in 37.4 overs, thanks to outstanding bowling performances from Foundation captain and Man of the Match Jediah Blades. He took four wickets in the game, including three in the second innings and also had the top score of 48 when Foundation batted.
Sponsored by D’s Mega Styles Foundation captured their second title in the 30-year history of the competition with the first being in 2005 against none other than The Lodge School playing in their fourth final.
The victorious coach Nhamo Winn said it was a fantastic effort from his side who worked hard and remained committed throughout the competition.
“In September [last year] we started our developmental programme on Saturdays. I mean it was a lot of sacrifices that we made. We did work on the field, classroom sessions, we tried to touch all the areas because this is under-fifteen cricket, this is the developmental stage, which is most important for any sportsman.”
Winn noted that with the way this particular tournament was set up, first innings lead was always crucial and they came with that game plan to do just that and restrict the opponents for a sub-par total.
Only two batsmen made it into double figures for The Lodge School during their first innings and they were captain Tennyson Roach at the top of the order and Jaden Norville batting at six. Both made 33 with Norville finishing not out.
Foundation fast bowler Jordan Knight bowled very well on a hard wicket throughout the match and grabbed 2 for 13 on the opening day with a slinging action very reminiscent of former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards. Jordan Layne also had 2 for 33 off his allotted seven overs.
The lads from Christ Church placed one hand on the trophy yesterday batting for the first time with a fourth-wicket partnership of 64 runs between Romario Alleyne and Jakeem Forde and that was followed by a seventh-wicket stand of 45 between Blades and Layne. Prior to that Forde and Blades had a fifth wicket partnership of 39 that gave them the edge and placed Lodge on the backfoot.
At the start of the play around 11a.m. today The Lodge School openers Roach and Jalani Evelyn put together 19 runs before Knight struck. This initial breakthrough resulted in a steady procession to and from the pavilion. Adjani Watkins also collected two wickets for five runs, including the last wicket that sealed Foundation’s victory and got the celebrations underway. Roach with 17, Jonathan Griffith with 13 and Evelyn ten were the only batsmen that managed double figures for Lodge in their second innings.
Other top individual performances throughout the tournament came from Nicholls Baking Combermere’s batting all-rounder Matthew Forde with 416 runs, ten catches and nine wickets. Corey Hoyte of Grantley Adams had the most wickets with 27. The bowler with the best individual figures was Renacko Belgrave of Alexandra with 8 for 26 and the highest individual score of 141 came off the bat of Giovonte Depeiza hailing from Princess Margaret.