DEFENDING champions Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Entrepot Secondary (ESS) will square off in the Grand Final of the 2018 Massy United Insurance Under- 19 Schools Cricket Tournament tomorrow.
The teams made it to the final with wins over St. Mary’s College and Choiseul respectively.
The usual press conference to get the views of the two captains and their strategic plans ahead of Friday’s final, and a review of this year’s tournament by the Department of Youth and Sports and Massy United Insurance is scheduled for today.
One thing is certain, the ESS team is expected to have close to 100 supporters at the Mindoo Phillip Park to cheer them on as they look to defeat the reigning champions and take home the championship trophy which has eluded them for a very long time; while SALCC will come firing at their opponents with the likes of Dane Edward, Jard Goodman, Dominic Auguste, Chaz Cepal, Steven Mitchell, Darcy Popo, Rahym Joseph and Brandt Jean all seasoned campaigners.
In semifinal action played on last Tuesday at the Mindoo Phillip Park, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College registered a comfortable five wicket victory over SMC.
The Samarians batting first, after being sent in by SALCC was dismissed for 115 in 29.2 overs with Dillon LaForce batting at No.3 top scoring with 26, Nayeme Rosemond bating at No.9 on 20 not out and AckeemAuguste batting at No. 4 chipped in with 15.
Jehan Boodha 5, Renail Alfred 3, Rashaad Gaston 7, Zidane Arthur 4, Simon Gerson 8, JervalDupre 1, Amari Venner 1 and Ryan Goodman 3 were the other contributors with the bat.
Bowling for Sir Arthur, Kyle Adonis picked up 4 for 21 in 9 overs, Captain Dane Edward bagged 2 for 6 in 2.2 overs, Rahym Joseph took 2 for 32 in 9 overs and 1 wicket each to Ackel Joseph and Dudley Charles.
Chasing 116 for victory and a spot in the final of the tournament, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College reached the required target for the loss of five wickets in 24.3 overs with Chaz Cepal contributing 39, Dominic Auguste 24 and Dane Edward 21.
Opening batman Jard Goodman was out, caught off the bowling of Akim Auguste for one and No.3 batsman Brandt Jean was run out also for one.
Bowling for St. Mary’s College, Amari Venner bagged 2 for 32 in six overs and AckeemAuguste picked 2 for 36 in eight overs.
Meanwhile, at the Phillip Marcelin Ground in Vieux Fort, Entrepot Secondary completed a well-earned 5 wicket victory over Choiseul Secondary.
Choiseul Secondary batting first was dismissed for 157 in 36 overs with Jervon Stephen scoring 45 and Zarel Gonzales 31.
Bowling for Entrepot Secondary, Craig Elisee bagged 4 for 30 in 8 overs, Tyrel Chicot took 2 for 31 in 6 overs and Jaden Lafeuille picked up 2 for 34 in 8 overs.
In response, Entrepot Secondary’s captain Tyrel Chicot scored a wonderful half century to ensure victory for his team as ESS reached 160 for the loss of five wickets in 29.2 overs.
Chicot top scored with 76 and Jaden Lafeuille gave good support scoring 30.
Bowling for Choiseul, Hanif Antoine 2 for 23 in eight overs and Jervon Stephens took 2 for 42 in eight overs.