Bayley’s in for title shot
Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:00am
By Michael Phillips
Bayley’s Primary have made their way back into yet another final of the Guardian Group Herman Griffith National Sports Council Primary Schools Cricket Competition. After losing out last year to see Wesley Hall to their 11th win, Bayley’s have secured a chance to take a fourth title – their first since 2011 – with a win over 2013 losing finalists Eden Lodge on Friday.
Playing at Briar Hall in the only game at the semi-final stage, Bayley’s picked up a seven-wicket win after easily chasing down Eden Lodge’s total of 50 runs. Only Antone Darlington made it to double-figures for Eden Lodge, putting up 17. The St. Michael team were bowled out with David Callender and Shaquan Belle both taking three scalps for eight and seven runs respectively. When they went in to bat, Bayley’s rolled to a comfortable 51 for the loss of three. Preston Clarke (10) and Daniel Duncan (11) were responsible for most of those runs. However, Raheem Holder did well enough to take two wickets for 19 runs for Eden Lodge.
Over at Dover, 2014 champions West Terrace were busy booking their berth for the semi-finals. They got the better of Reynold Weekes Primary after putting up 73 to take a 32-run win. Batting first, Brandon Hinds struck up 20 to lead the charge with the likes of Raedon Bellamy (17) and Zion Brathwaite (10). Reynold Weekes had a solid bowling attack with the likes of Azaan Bennett (3-16) and Nykobi Connell (3-4) both taking big hauls. Javonte Crawford, Jakeem Pollard and R’Jai Gittens all took a wicket each as well to keep the runs down.
In their reply, Bennett was Reynold Weekes’ best hope as he made it to 18 before being dismissed. The rest of the order had to contest with the bowling of Bellamy, who stacked up five scalps for four runs, Brathwaite (2-16) and Raashon Hackett (1-14). Reynold Weekes had to say goodbye to any semi-final hopes as they were bowled out for 41 runs.
The competition continues tomorrow with West Terrace taking on St. Giles at Dover. The winner of that match-up is expected face Bayley’s in the final at Empire this coming Thursday.