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Azari Benskin plays across the line in his Good Shepherd innings. He helped defend the 121 total with a five-wickets haul, taking five wickets for 19 runs.

Good Shepherd last into final four

Jordan’s Super-market Good Shepherd Primary bowled their way to the final spot in the Guardian Group Herman Griffith Schools Cricket competition semi-finals yesterday, defeating Eden Lodge by 42 runs at Lears.

The last of the rescheduled quarter-final matches played under overcast skies with both teams looking to extend the journey to the title. Good Shepherd were led by Liam Sealy with both the bat and the ball. Sealy hit 21 runs with good support at the crease by Jaden Cummings who was unbeaten with 18 runs not out and Rashad Allman with 17. Good Shepherd set a respectful total of 121 for seven from the allotted 25 overs, backing their bowlers to defend.

The bowling came up big as Sealy continued his good game taking three wickets for 27 runs. However, the pick of the bowlers was Azari Benskin, running through the top and lower order to take a five wicket haul of five for 19 runs. The Eden Lodge’s last two wickets were cleaned bowled with back to back balls by Benskin, whittled out for 77 runs in the 16.4 overs.

Players, teachers and parents cheered as the last Eden Lodge wicket fell, but they now face the tall task of taking down the defending champions, A-Class Battery Bayley’s Primary, who have won the competition the last three years. The match is slated for November 28, at the Briar Hall ground. The other semi-final match plays today at Lears where Selah Primary faces off against St. Stephen’s Primary. (AS)

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