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Playoff spots being booked in schools cricket


By Michael Phillips

Wesley Hall, St. Stephenís and St. Judeís have all locked down their spots in the playoffs of the Guardian Group Guardian General Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition.
The round which begins next Tuesday, saw the three teams securing their berths after games played this week.

With Wesley Hall (15) and St. Stephenís (12) taking first and second place in Zone D1 with records of 5-0 and 4-1 respectively, St. Judeís was the third team to stake a claim on a spot. On Tuesday they completed a clean sweep on Zone B1 by taking out Ellerton by a whopping 130 runs. Their win at Greens brought them up to a 5-0 record.

Batting first, Lemar Catlin led his team to a massive 187 for seven with an unbeaten 73. Next in line was Damar Graham (20), while Teondre Hinkson (18) and Shayon Blenman (13) brought up the rear. T Seale was the only resistance Ellerton could provide and he took three wicket but not without giving up 46 runs. In their chase, Ellerton were washed right out for 47 runs. Hinkson was deadly on the day, taking four for 11 runs while Chad Price also took four for an extra two runs.

Selah Primary took a comfortable win at North Stars when they dispatched Roland Edwards by eight wickets. Roland Edwards were in to bat first and got up to 86 before all their players were back in the pavilion. Shamar David (22) had the best total in the midst of Dejuan Toppin (2-16), Hakeem Sobers (2-16) and Shemario Depeiza (3-9) dismantling his teamís batting order.

Depeiza proved that he was not only good with the ball as he racked up an unbeaten 31. In a powerful partnership with Tyrel Greaves (31*) the pair took Selah past the target to end on 88 for two. Toppin also added 11 to help the total.

Bayleyís Primary made good on a home-field advantage when Hilda Skeene came over to visit. Nimar Bolden (56), Asa Hutchinson (35) and Romario Mayers (25) were up front as the hosts rolled to 195 for four wickets. Steven Jones was the only bowler to take more than one wicket and gave up 24 runs in his quest for two.

The chase did not go too well for Hilda Skeene as they only got to 154 for eight before the overs ran out. Micah Stuart (56) and Matthew Alleyne (37) did well with the bat while their order suffered under Hutchinsonís spell which saw him taking three for 44 to help Bayleyís to the 41-run win.

When Grantley Prescod and St. Angelaís met up at Wotton, the latter came out on top after the exchange. Grantley Prescod went in first and made 59 in 15 overs with no one batsman shining in the crowd. With the cork, Jacob Bethell (2-5) and Aaron Ballantyne (2-4) put in some work with another two wickets going to a third player.

With Bethell (23*) at the crease, St. Angelaís rolled to a nine-wicket victory in 13 overs. Finishing on 60 runs only one wicket fell in the chase.

At Briar Hall, St. Gabrielís got the better of St. Winifredís despite being bowled out for 91 runs. Jordan Knight and Michael Chandler were the top scorers fro St. Gabrielís with 14 runs each. The wickets fell around the pair as Justin Bailey led the bowling with four for 10 while Alexander Gittens (2-27) and Alexander Pilgrim (3-24) pitched in. St. Winifredís did not last long at bat as Chandler (4-5), Knight (3-12) and Kyle Lewis (2-8) held them to 42 all out.

It was a walk in the park for Charles F. Broome as they took out Belmont Primary pretty much in their own backyard at Blenheim. Snatching up an easy nine wicket win, they easily knocked of a simple target of 48 runs. Belmont had struggled to 47 all out under the duress of Tor Burrowes (4-8), Khalil Clarke (3-12) and Reuben Agard (2-7). Losing only one wicket on the way, Charles F. were led to victory by Agard, who had 18 and Makhaya Moore who ended up with 14 not out.

Bay Primary were stopped in their tracks by St. Christopherís Primary who came out of the exchange with a eight-wicket win at Inch Marlow. Bay Primary went in first and were dismissed for 69 runs with K Clarke making 11 for his team. A Evelyn (3-13), Joachim Forde (2-11) and Brandon Pilgrim (2-16) all ensured that Bay Primary did not get too far.

Forde brought home an unbeaten 27 to lead his team to victory ant 73 for the loss of two. Clarke was once again, the only player to stand out for Bay Primary and he took two wickets for 21 runs.

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