Penal still Sir Garry Sobers champions
Powergen Penal retained their Sir Garry Sobers International Schools cricket title when they easily defeated Caribbean Alliance/Akoba Gardens Foundation by 43 runs at the 3Ws Oval yesterday.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat on a good pitch, Penal reached 186 for 9 off 32 overs when the second of two rain stoppages brought a premature end to the innings.
Their total was based on a third-wicket partnership of 115 between the flamboyant Gabriel Blackwell, the eventual top scorer (64,) and opener Shaquille MacDavid (56). The pair came together after the Foundation bowlers had made early inroads by removing opener Ryan Oduit without scoring and number three batsman Jerve Cummins (2).
Blackwell, who batted attractively, struck four fours and three sixes in a knock that lasted 74 balls whilst MacDavid had four fours in his knock.
Off-spinner Pius Emilien was the most successful bowler for Foundation School with four for 39 while Javiere Dowridge took three for 23.
Set a challenging 187 runs for victory off 32 overs, Foundation had a disastrous start and at one stage were reeling at 27 for five. They never recovered and were dismissed for 143 off 28.5 overs.
Shamari Gibson was their eventual top scorer with 36, hitting one four and a six. Amal Nathaniel (20) and Javiere Dowridge (19) were the other main scorers.
Left-arm pacer Johnathan Williams, who started the rout, finished with three for 27 and was supported by fellow pacer Dominc Nandlal (two for 24) along with left-arm spinner Jordan Sankaram (two for 25) and off-spinner Ryan Oduit (two for 23).
The curtain comes down on the annual tournament with a festival game today at 11 a.m. at Bridgefield.