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Harrison College facing a heavy defeat

Defending champions Nicholls Baking Combermere are in command with a lead of 165 over Harrison College thanks to a superb half-century by wicketkeeper/batsman Jonathan Douglin, in their semi-final clash of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-15 Competition.

Combermere leg-spinner Indal Persaud (second right) celebrates another one of his wickets with his team-mates.  (Picture by Morissa Lindsay.)
Combermere leg-spinner Indal Persaud (second right) celebrates another one of his wickets with his team-mates.
(Picture by Morissa Lindsay.)

On the opening day of the two-day encounter at Friendship, St Michael, Combermere won the toss and bundled out the Crumpton Street lads for just 28 runs off 20.2 overs which was short of their allotted 35. In response the boys from Waterford marched to 198 all out in 34.3 overs.

Batting a second time Harrison College ended on five for one off four overs before play finished around 5 p.m. They will need to bat extremely well to clear the deficit in order to give Combermere a target to chase. Combermere have won the title three consecutive years.

Off-spinners Indal Persaud and Nicholas Austin did the early damage with the ball for Combermere. Persaud took three wickets for eight runs off seven overs that included five maidens. Austin captured two wickets for four runs off 4.2 overs including two maidens.

Combermere captain Zidane Clark also grabbed two for just one run off three overs that included two maidens. Combermere’s bowlers kept their line and length so tight that a total of ten maidens were bowled during Harrison College innings.

William Gordon and Harley Moseley opened the batting and with just eight runs on the board Moseley was the first to go for five caught Kai Rollins at mid-wicket off Persaud.

Harrison College captain Jonlhi Jordan came in and poked around a bit while Gordon handled business at the other end. Jordan however did not stick around and went for just one after chasing after a ball outside the off-stump and was stumped by Combermere wicketkeeper Douglin off Persaud.

Danger man Persaud claimed another scalp when Douglin stumped number four batsman Hayden Hart for two with the score on 23 for three with ten overs bowled.

Opener Gordon top-scored with 14 but was the fourth wicket to fall when medium pacer Rollins uprooted his stumps. Ahijah Hill and Leonard O’Garro batted at number five and six respectively and failed to make any contributions to the score as they both departed for ducks.

Jabari Hunte batted at seven and managed four runs before being run out by Romi Holder. At that stage the score was 28 for seven with 19 overs bowled. Decarai Taylor became the eighth batsman to depart bowled by Austin for one with the score still on 28. Tor Burrowes in at nine and Kaleb Gibbs ten did not score and the final four Harrison College wickets fell with the score on 28. Joshua Griffin was the last man in but did not get an opportunity to face the music.

Combermere got off to a solid start compliments openers Seth Agard and Mathew Forde who put on a partnership of 86 before Forde was bowled by spinner Gordon for a good knock of 44, that included one six and six fours. Gordon bowled seven overs while taking four wickets for 39 runs.

That breakthrough came in the 17th over and an additional five runs were added before Harrison College really started to make some inroads. The second wicket went down in the next over. Kastun Stoute batting at three was trapped lbw to medium pacer Jordon for one. Jordon captured four wickets 30 runs in his six overs.

This brought Combermere skipper Clark to the crease and he did not last long after chipping a delivery into the hands Ahijah Hill stationed at square leg off Gordon.

Persaud was in at five to join Agard and the pair steadied things a bit, especially Persaud who apparently had licence to play aggressively. Agard eventually went for 40 caught and bowled by Gordon. Then Persaud followed soon after for 25 when he was out lbw to a ball that kept low from Gordon.

Douglin and Rollins were fresh at the wicket at number six and seven respectively and the former played some sweetly timed shots around the ground but Rollins didn’t stick around and went caught and bowled by Jordan for 10. At that point Combermere were cruising along nicely on 170 for six after 30 overs. Romi Holder joined Douglin who eventually raised his bat for a well-played half-century that included one six and seven fours. Holder scored six but gave away his hand when he was caught by Moseley off Gordon’s bowling. Douglin also went after bringing up his fifty (52) and from there none of the batsmen that followed made it into double figures.

Opener Gordon was bowled by Rollins for a duck in the first over of Harrison College’s second innings but Moseley and Jordon will resume the innings around noon tomorrow both on two runs and with a monumental task before them.

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