St Leonard’s crown

Champs repeat at Combermere's expense

It’s Richmond Gap over Waterford in the battle of St Michael.

St Leonard’s Boys are the 2014 Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-19 Schools Cricket Tournament winners after scoring an easy five-wicket victory over nine-times champions, Nicholls Baking Combermere, at the Desmond Haynes Oval, Black Rock, St. Michael today.

For St Leonard’s it was a repeat of their victory last year when they defeated The Lodge School at Kensington Oval, and also their fourth title overall since 1984. St Leonard’s had also won the title in 1996 and 1997.

In sunny conditions and on a wicket which offered the bowlers some assistance, St Leonard’s won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting Combermere.  From the first ball to the last St. Leonard’s then kept Combermere under a tight rein, stifling their batsmen with good line and length bowling and excellent fielding and field placement.  The boys from Waterford struggled to 121 all out in 39.1 overs and in response St Leonard’s knocked off the meagre target in 25.3 overs while scoring 122 for five.

St Leonard’s number four batsman Jamar Ifill saw the innings through to the end after a brief batting hiccup and ended on 30 not out in the company of Shakeel Turney. However it was the big-hitting Khalil Herbert who practically stole the show for the Richmond Gap school and had many around the ground, including former Barbados captains and West Indies players Dale Richards and Ryan Hinds on their feet celebrating each stroke he played.

Herbert, who top-scored with 37, hit a number of booming drives through the covers and also favoured the cut shot during his aggressive innings. St Leonard’s captain Tremaine Harris chipped in with a controlled 22 runs as the result never seemed in doubt after Combermere’s disappointing batting effort. Fast bowler Keon Harding bowled impressively for Combermere to grab three wickets for 20 runs from his allotted eight overs.

Earlier when Combermere batted Hasani Newton top scored with 32 runs, Nicholas Kirton scored 19 runs while opener, Naje Holder and Leniko Butcher contributed 16 runs each. Despite losing Combermere still had something to shout about has all-rounder Shamar Springer was named most valuable player of the tournament with 217 runs, three wickets and two catches. Combermere had a few individual performances in the tournament and among those performances were wicketkeeper; Leniko Boucher who had the most dismissals with eight while captain, Ian Boyce had the most catches in the competition with six.

When Combermere batted Hasani Newton top-scored with 32, Nicholas Kirton scored 19 while opener Naje Holder and Leniko Butcher contributed 16 each. Harris completed a good game for St. Leonard’s by capturing two wickets for 19 runs from his spell of eight overs. Medium pacer Turney also bagged two for 16 from 3.1 overs.

Despite losing Combermere still had something to shout about as their all-rounder Shamar Springer was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament with 217 runs, three wickets and two catches. Combermere had a few other top individual performances in the tournament and among these were wicketkeeper Leniko Boucher who had the most dismissals with eight while captain Ian Boyce had the most catches in the competition with six. St Leonard’s skipper Harris captured the most wickets in the tournament with ten.

Tournament MVP Shamar Springer receiving his award from BCA president Joel Garner.
Tournament MVP Shamar Springer receiving his award from BCA president Joel Garner.

St Leonard’s received the winners’ trophy, gold medals and $2 500 while the runners-up bagged $1 000 and silver medals.

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