St Leonard’s kings
St Leonard’s are the new kings of Under-19 cricket in Barbados.
They achieved the feat when they comfortably defeated Milo Lodge by six wickets at Kensington Oval yesterday.
The victory was earned mostly through the efforts of inspirational captain Tremaine Harris (41) and left-handed batsman Jamar Ifill (41 not out).
The pair came together after the retirement of Deswin Currency (19) who fell ill with the score on 86 for 3. They added 60 runs for the fourth wicket with both batsmen taking the attack to the bowlers.
The attractive Harris struck seven fours off 55 balls whilst Ifill hit five fours and a six in his 55-ball knock.
After winning the toss, St Leonard’s invited Lodge to bat on a good pitch and restricted them to 151 all out off 38 overs.
Jaron Goddard was the top scorer with 35, hitting a four and a six off 63 balls. He got good support from Tariq Shorey who scored 31 with three fours off 53 deliveries.
Left-arm spinner Currency was the most successful bowler for St Leonard’s with 3-33 off his eight overs and was ably supported by pacer Shaquille Turney (2-19) and skipper Harris (2-24).
Victorious coach Michael Franklin said it was a well-deserved win for the school from Richmond Gap.
“The boys worked hard all season. They stuck to their game plan and the team was well led by captain Tremaine Harris,” he said.
Harris was also full of praise for his team.
“The fellows improved on their game throughout the season and the encouragement was great among the guys. I think we have done a good job and it is a good way to end the season,” he said.
Clifton Phillips, the coach of Milo Lodge, was full of praise for the winners.
“I thought that they played well and kudos to them on winning the tournament. I think we came up short in our batting and the final score of 151 was not sufficient in the circumstances,” he said.
For his sterling all-round performance Harris took the Man Of The Match award.
In addition to taking the trophy, St Leonard’s also earned $2 500 in prize money. Runners-up Milo Lodge received $1 000.