St leonard's win prestigious cricket tournament

St Leonard’s Boys are the winners of the 29th annual Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament.

Playing today at Kensington Oval, the Richmond Gap, St Michael school defeated Hamilton Lashley Foundation by 17 runs in an all-Barbados affair.

After being inserted, St Leonard’s were bowled out for 134 in 35.1 overs. In response, Hamilton Lashley Foundation were dismissed in 40 overs for 117.

St Leonard’s Camarie Boyce (right) celebrates his run out dismissal of opening batsman Shavon Brooks. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
St Leonard’s Camarie Boyce (right) celebrates his run out dismissal of opening batsman Shavon Brooks. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

St Leonard’s were in early trouble after Sadrian Ward and Zavia Trotman took to the middle in sunny conditions. Ward was lbw first ball to medium-pacer Jadan Jones and after adding 22 for the second wicket with Deswin Currency, Trotman was run out by Andre Skeete for 7.

Off-spinner Glenroy Jacobs was introduced early into the attack and he created havoc among the St Leonard’s batsmen.  With the score on 36 Jacobs had Tashawn Boyce lbw for five in the 10th over. Boyce was replaced at the wicket by Jhavid Forde who was in strictly defensive mode as he and Currency took the score to 50. Forde was then lbw to Jacobs on the back foot for 2 to leave St Leonard’s 50 for 4 and in further strife.

Skipper Jamar Ifill adopted a different approach to the dour Forde striking one six as he rushed to 12 in 10 balls. But his aggressive approach proved his undoing when he was caught by Kevin Evelyn off Jones.

Currency’s vigil finally came to an end in the 18th over when Jacobs had him caught by Paulanderson Fields for 26. Number seven batsman Damario Goodman and the number eight, Renaldo Boyce, then provided the best partnership of the innings –– 30. They took the score from 67 for 6 to 97 before Boyce was bowled by Jones for 8.

Goodman then stitched together a 29-run partnership with Shkym Haynes before the latter was caught by Fields to give Jacobs his fourth wicket.

St Leonard’s were finally bowled out with Goodman providing Jacobs with his fifth wicket when he was bowled for a 62-ball 38 that included four boundaries. Jacobs finished with figures of 5 for 22 in eight overs.  Jones chipped in with 3 for 26.

Hamilton Lashley Foundation’s start was equally disastrous as they lost a cluster of early wickets. Shavon Brooks was run out in the fourth over with the score on 11 and the number 3 batsman Hakeem Ellis and the number 4 Ayo Barrow followed in quick succession.

Ellis was bowled by left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce for 2 and Barrow was caught by Ward off Currency’s left-arm spin for 3 as Hamilton Lashley Foundation slumped to 35 for 3. That soon became 45 for 4 when opener Kevin Evelyn who had watched the procession at the other end had his stumps disturbed by Boyce for 26.

Opener Kevin Evelyn of Hamilton Lashley Foundation punches a ball through cover for four during his 26.
Opener Kevin Evelyn of Hamilton Lashley Foundation punches a ball through cover for four during his 26.

Micah Thornhill, batting at number six, didn’t last very long before Currency had him caught by Ifill for 2 to make the score 52 for 5.

There would be no recovery as St Leonard’s small total continued to look like a mountain.

With the score on 74 Hamilton Lashley Foundation would lose both Fields and Jadan Jones in the 27th over bowled by leg-spinner Ifill. The skipper had Fields caught by Forde for 23 and off the penultimate ball of his over Jones was caught by the substitute fielder for a duck.

Hopes of overtaking St Leonard’s total rested with Javon Grosvenor who looked quite accomplished at the crease and was mixing sound defence with a few attacking strokes. However, inroads continued to be made at the other end with Rashad Mayers being dismissed by Goodman for 2 in the 30th over with the score on 78 and Jacobs making it 88 for 9 when he was lbw to fast bowler Shakeel Turney for 1.

Grosvenor found an able ally in the number 11, Skeete, and these two started to create great concern for St Leonard’s. With their fans in the stands urging them on, Grosvenor and Skeete added 29 runs for the last wicket and took the score to 117.

However Grosvenor would go the run out route thanks to good fielding from Turney. Grosvenor’s dismissal brought celebration from St Leonard’s and their supporters as he and a similarly dejected Skeete trekked from the middle.

Grosvenor struck one six and two boundaries in his 86-ball innings of 40 while Skeete finished unbeaten on 10. Currency was named Player-of-the-Match for his 2 for 14 in 8 overs as well as his 26.

There were also two wickets apiece for Boyce (2 for 20) and Ifill (2 for 13).

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