Alexandra rally to a win
The all-round efforts of Alexandra’s young cricketers overcame the individual batting brilliance of Coleridge & Parry’s (CP) captain Joshua Morris at Empire Club, Bank Hall, yesterday.
The team effort resulted in Alexandra capturing the Barbados Cricket Association’s Everton Weekes Under-13 title for the second time when they defeated St Peter neighbours Coleridge & Parry by 12 runs in a keenly contested final.
Chasing Alexandra’s respectable total of 194 for seven in their 35 overs which centred around Man-Of-The-Match Michael Chandler’s top score of 67, Coleridge & Parry made a gallant reply before falling for 182 in 34 overs.
Fresh from a tournament record score of 217 not out in Tuesday’s semi-final against Combermere and 97 versus Graydon Sealy in the quarter-finals, Morris sparkled again with 73, which was laced with six fours and three sixes off 56 balls.
But once he was out at 128 for two, and opener Khimani Cox was run out for 45 off 58 balls at 139 for four, the task became tougher for CP’s middle and lower batsmen as medium pacer Ramaero Samuel wrapped up the innings with three for 26.
Earlier, after winning the toss and batting, Alexandra lost their captain and star batsman Micaiah Simmons for 17 to new ball bowler Kyron King.
But left-hander Chandler rode his luck as he struck ten fours in his 59-ball knock while featuring in two important partnerships after Alexandra had slipped to 56 for three.
First, he added 44 for the fourth wicket with diminutive left-hander Ramaero Samuel, who contributed eight before he was bowled by Morris.
Chandler, who was twice dropped by King on 22 and 37, also shared a 51-run fourth wicket partnership with Javon Samuel, who made 12.
After Chandler fell at 161 for six in the 30th over, the burly Kaden Hoyte beefed up Alexandra’s total with three fours in a breezy unbeaten 20 off 21 balls.
Fast medium bowler Tavian Eastmond was CP’s most successful bowler with three for 34.
In reply, CP lost opener Eastmond in the third over but Morris and Cox, the son of former Barbados footballer Kirk Cox, featured in a stroke-filled second wicket stand of 113 in 15.3 overs.
After settling in, right-hander Morris, the 13-year-old grandson of the late Super Gladiators calypso tent manager Peter Roy Byer, swung left-arm spinner Chandler over midwicket for six.
Next over, he drove off-spinner Raniko Phillips for a four through long-off as the ball bounced over the fielder’s head. He also swept the same bowler for four.
The dreadlocked Morris was very severe when Simmons came on, pulling him for two sixes in his first over, forcing him out of the attack.
But Simmons had the last laugh after switching to the southern end. The Barbados Under-15 all-rounder produced a sharp leg-break which Morris edged into wicketkeeper Kyle Jordan’s gloves.
The dismissal of Morris, who ended the tournament with 566 runs and eight wickets, led to a mini collapse.
Kobe Williams was bowled by Chandler while Cox was needlessly run out by the bowler Phillips with a direct throw at the non-striker’s end.
CP’s hopes were completed dashed when the heavy-set Brandon Greaves was also run out for 11 and spinner Raniko Phillips dismissed Deangelo Bowen for Stefan Drayton in the same over. (EZS)