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Milton Lynch made 79 all out against Bayley’s Primary in yesterday’s quarter-final match at Empire.  


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Milton Lynch into semis


By Michael Phillips

The rule books had to be consulted yesterday at Empire when the quarter- final clash between Milton Lynch Primary and Bayley’s Primary ended in the favour of the former.

In the first ever tie recorded at this stage in the history of the Guardian Group Guardian General Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket Competition, Milton Lynch came away winners after both teams were bowled out for 79 runs.

Going in to bat first, Bayley’s were in a world of trouble as they were looking rather rickety after losing their fifth wicket for 36 runs just seven overs into the game. Doing their best to make at least a fighting total of 80, the wickets dropped like flies as Johann Layne cleaned up with four wickets for 18 runs.

He did not get the scalp of Bayley’s Aarron Griffith, who top-scored with 14, but Layne had the back-up of Kadeem Forde (3-18) and Devon Stevenson (2-8) to help finish up the job.

When they took to the field, Milton Lynch had troubles of their own as the former winners showed why they were unbeaten in Zone C1. Asa Hutchinson led the bowling for Bayley’s with three wickets for 21 runs, while Reshawn Archer was next in line with two for 10. Joshua Stevenson (2-15) and Chevon Hunte (2-18) also razed the Milton Lynch order as only Layne (22) and Jeff Mayers (15) were the only batsmen to make a dent in the target.

With their last man being dismissed directly on their opponents’ total, Milton Lynch took their record this season up to 8-0 by winning due to a faster run rate. Having to refer to Rule 5.1 in Section E of the rule book, it was concluded that after 20 overs Milton Lynch had the higher score with 74/9 while Bayley’s stood at 68 for the loss of seven at the same point.

Milton Lynch will now go forward to meet defending champions Wesley Hall in the semi-finals next week.

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