Champs Bayley’s in final again
Two-time defending champions Bayley’s are now one victory away from an unprecedented hat-trick of titles in the Guardian Group Herman Griffith Primary Schools Cricket Competition.
The perennial finalists were given a slight scare before defeating a spirited Eden Lodge by 26 runs in yesterday’s semifinal at the Maurice King Sports Complex, Briar Hall.
Batting first, Bayley’s were in a spot of trouble at 45 for five as the Eden Lodge camp started to jump for joy.
However, captain Renaldo Bourne led from the front as he compiled a patient topscore of 40 to lead a recovery as Bayley’s rallied to 137 for six off their 25 overs. He got excellent support from the diminutive Shamar Belle, who made 18, while Jayden Chase beefed up the total in the late overs on his way to a purposeful 25. Zaire Carter and Deandre Ward took two wickets each for 15 and 19 runs respectively.
In reply, Eden Lodge were restricted to 112 for seven in 25 overs as the hard-hitting heavy-set opener Antoine Darlington scored 37 and Keshawn Lewis made 27.
Eden Lodge started their innings cautiously, reaching 28 without loss after six overs, before Darlington threatened to knock the champions out of the competition with some swashbuckling shots that saw the Bayley’s fielders under pressure.
But with the overs running out and Eden Lodge dropping behind the asking rate, Darlington was run out as Bayley’s took command of the match. Off-spinner Akobi Crichlow-byer was Bayley’s best bowler with two for 10. Bayley’s will now meet Good Shepherd in next Thursday’s final at Empire Club from 10:30 a.m.
Jayden Chase played a number of big shots in the closing overs like this pull during his knock of 25 to boost Bayley’s total.
Zaire Carter had Bayley’s in trouble with two early wickets for Eden Lodge. The umpire is Winston Seale.