SIR Arthur Lewis Community College and the Entrepot Secondary School were forced to share the secondary school cricket tournament title over the weekend at the Mindoo Phillip Park.
Rainy conditions forced a reduction of overs to 35 from 50 in the 2018 Massy United Insurance Secondary Schools Cricket Tournament in collaboration with the Department of Youth and Sports.
Two heavy showers, the first with the score on 4 without loss after 1.4 overs and the second at 68 for 1 in 8.3 overs into Sir Arthur’s chase of 92 runs, left the outfield unplayable, particularly at the bowlers’ run ups
In the morning session, Entrepot Secondary won the toss, elected to bat in a match reduced to 35 overs and made heavy weather of it as right arm fast bowler Dudley Charles had the ball to lift from a good length as he made life difficult for the Entrepot batsmen who eventually score of 91 all out in 26.1 overs.
What can best be described as a brave middle order knock of bold resistance by left handed batsman Craig Elisee batting at No. 6, who scored a face saving 32 off 55 deliveries before he was eventually out caught off the bowling of Dominic Auguste. Extras were the second highest score with 20: leg byes 2, wides 18.
At one stage Entrepot was reeling on 35 for 5 as the top and middle order batsmen failed to get a start.
Entrepot batting – Olary Alfred caught off the bowling of Dudley Charles for 2, Ephraim Charles went via the lbw route off the bowling of Sanjay Hayle for 2, Royce Paul was bowled by Charles for 4, Tyrel Chicot caught off the bowling of Charles for 4, Jaden Lafeuille caught off the bowling of Charles for 4, Denzel Roberts caught off the bowling of Charles for 2, Deandre Jules did not trouble the scorers, caught off the bowling of Kyle Adonis for 0, Dannell Papin lbw Rahym Joseph for 6, Jeannick Alexander caught off the bowling of Rahym Joseph for 7, while Dante Charles remained not out 0.
Doing the early damage for Sir Arthur was man of the match Dudley Charles who had impressive figures of 5 for 27 in six overs. He was ably supported by Rahym Joseph who claimed 2 for 15 runs in eight overs, Sanjay Hayle 1 for 9 in five overs, Dominic Auguste 1 for 14 in two .1 overs, and Kyle Adonis 1 for 20 in five overs.
In reply, Sir Arthur Lewis raced to 68 for 1 off 8.3 overs, captain Dane Edward blasting 45 which included four towering sixes and two exquisite fours. His team’s innings slowed appreciably after his dismissal and after the heavy showers came his side still needed 24 runs to pull off back to back titles. The not out batsmen were Jard Goodman 9 and Brandt Jean 7.
Addressing the gathering at the end of the match, acting Director of Sports, Patrick Mathurin, commended the sponsors for their 33 year commitment to the competition and look forward for Massy Insurance continued support next year.
Former Windward Islands player, Hollis Bristol spoke on behalf of the sponsors and congratulated officials from the Department of Youth Development and Sports for putting on another year of the competition, and both teams for their efforts in reaching the final.
In awards presented, Man of the Match quarterfinal – Hanif Antoine, Choiseul Secondary (Choiseul versus s Grande Riviere Secondary), Sanjay Hayle, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC versus Soufriere Comprehensive), Dillon La Force -St. Mary’s College (SMC versus Babonneau Secondary), Jaden La Feuille- Entrepot Secondary (Entrepot versus Micoud Secondary). The four players received Power Banks/ mugs.
Man of the Match semifinals -Tyrel Chicot – Entrepot Secondary, (Entrepot versus Choiseul Secondary), Kyle Adonis – Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC versus SMC). The two players received a Massy voucher, plus food hampers.
Finals – Dudley Charles – SALCC (SALCC versus Entrepot Secondary; Dudley received a 7” Kindle Fire Tablet, Massy voucher, plus food hamper.
2018 Joint Champions SALCC and Entrepot Secondary received a trophy, EC$1000 towards cricket gears and 1 HP Desk Color Printer each for their respective school. Players of both teams also received various