Champs Bay­ley’s in fi­nal again

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 2 -

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.

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