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Herman Griffith Cricket Tournament reaches knockout stage

Macaiah Simmons was the toast of West Terrace Primary today as the Guardian Group-sponsored National Sports Council’s Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition reached the quarterfinals.

Playing against Charles F Broome at the Dover, Christ Church playing field, the promising right-hander was the mainstay of West Terrace’s 143 for 9 in their 25 overs. He struck an unbeaten 88 marked by a number of elegant drives and powerful pull shots. He was strong on both sides of the wicket and entertained the fans who turned up to watch the game.

Macaiah Simmons plays a delightful lofted drive during his unbeaten half-century. (Pictures by Alric Gaskin)
Macaiah Simmons plays a delightful lofted drive during his unbeaten half-century. (Pictures by Alric Gaskin)

So crucial was Simmons to West Terrace’s efforts –– as wickets fell around him –– that the next best score after his half-century was Jevonte Blackett’s 10. Tristan Clarke bowled well for Charles F Broome capturing 3 for 19.

Charles F Broome had a horrible start to their innings with the early loss of wickets that continued unabated until they were eventually bundled out for a meagre 34 in 11 overs. None of their batsmen reached double figures.

Shemiah Quarless was the main destroyer of the innings capturing 4 for 12 while he was ably assisted by Jaiden Merritt who chipped in with 3 for 15 as West Terrace completed the 109-run victory.

West Terrace will now play Wesley Hall Primary in the quarterfinals next week Friday at Dover.

Wesley Hall booked their now customary quarterfinal spot when they easily disposed of A Dacosta Edwards by nine wickets at the Ellerton, St George playing field.

Batting first, A Dacosta Edwards were routed for 70 with three batsmen getting into double figures but not going on to make a significant score. Keshawn Vaughan looked good for better than his top-score of 13, while both Benlee Sealy and Shucan Bryant added 10 each.

Raneico Smith bowled well for Charles F Broome without much reward.
Raneico Smith bowled well for Charles F Broome without much reward.

Ranain Mayers led the bowling effort with figures of 3 for 15 while Wesley Hall’s stranglehold on the game was completed by the efforts of Edwin Bartlett who returned figures of 3 for 16 and Kevion Newton who took 2 for 31.

In response Barnett demonstrated his all-round potential with a brisk unbeaten 36 as Wesley Hall reached 71 for 1.

At Friendship, St Michael, Gordon Greenidge Primary booked their quarterfinal spot with an 18-run victory over Reynold Weekes Primary.

In the low-scoring but exciting match the St Peter school batted first and were restricted to 91 for 3 in their 25 overs by some very disciplined bowling. In response Reynold Weekes were dismissed for 73 in 22 overs.

Khimani Cox top-scored for Gordon Greenidge with 34 while Daniel Best made 20 and Raheem Agard added 13. After such an excellent bowling performance by Reynold Weekes, the game was for the St Philip school’s batsmen to win or lose, and they proceeded to do the latter.

Cox delighted his team’s supporters with a terrific bowling effort to complete a fine all-round performance. He bowled wicket-to-wicket and was rewarded with figures of 4 for 19.

With such a small total to defend Cox couldn’t do it alone, though, and he received great assistance from Agard who snared 2 for 14 and Daniel Best who captured 2 for 12. Indeed it was the Cox, Best and Agard show with both bat and ball, with some on the sidelines jokingly suggesting that three players defeated 11.

Tyreke Rice was the only batsman to get into double figures with a top-score of 12.

Gordon Greenidge will now play the winner of the St Matthew’s/St Cyprian’s encounter next week Thursday at the Desmond Haynes Complex. St Matthew’s and St Cyprian’s will do battle in their final-16 game two days earlier at Bagatelle, St Thomas. Other quarterfinal match-ups will see Milton Lynch Primary taking on St Stephen’s Primary next Wednesday at Friendship, while Eden Lodge Primary will play Bayley’s Primary next Thursday at Passage Road.

The semifinals are slated for November 25 at Trents, St James and Friendship, with the final to be contested on December 3 at the Empire Ground, Bank Hall, St Michael.

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