Spartan rout the Youth
An explosive opening stand and penetrative spin bowling provided the formula for a massive 66-run victory by Massy Stores Spartan over Barbados Youth in the second quarter-final of the Sagicor General Twenty20 cricket competition at the 3Ws Oval on Wednesday night.
Spartan openers Rashidi Boucher and Akeem Springer gave their side an excellent start with a partnership of 129 off 15.3 overs to help the Queens’s Park side post an imposing 173 for four after they opted to bat first.
Left-arm spinner Chad Williams (5-16) then undermined the schoolboys with a perplexing spell of bowling that had the youngsters in disarray at 34 for six before a brilliant counter attack by Matthew Forde had them achieve some semblance of respectability as they limped to 107 all out from 19.5 overs.
Reliable left-arm spinner Andre Marashall, who shared the new ball with off spinner Omar Marshall, made the initial breakthrough when he won an lbw decision against Jadan Jones but Williams was predominantly responsible for the bizarre scoreline as Barbados Youth lost five wickets for just three runs with the score in the thirties.
Williams had his namesake Ryshon Williams smartly stumped by Maradon Bend while Nyeem Young and Kadeem Alleyne both fell to catches. The dismissal of Nico Reifer was cause for special celebration as the number three batsman was totally outfoxed and bowled for no score with an excellent delivery.
Amidst the chaos, Forde, a powerfully built right-hander, launched four sixes and one four in an admirable assault to finish unbeaten on 51 off 44 balls. An authoritative drive brought a six over extra-cover and when he swivelled to deposit medium pacer Stefon King into the car park behind backward square, his class was even more obvious.
There was nothing else to celebrate in Barbados Youth’s innings, the only other double figure contributor being Williams at the top of the order with 17, which included a six and a four.
The Spartan dominance was established in the opening partnership, which was watchful in the early overs. The momentum changed in the tenth over and Spartan never looked back. Springer offered two chances in scoring 59 off 49 balls with five sixes and four fours.
The first of the two resulted in Jones being struck in the face in attempting to take a catch at long off, but he recovered quickly to return to the field after a brief absence.
Boucher was an even greater powerhouse, launching six sixes and six fours in a volatile knock of 84 off 53 balls that ended when he was bowled by Joshua Bishop in the final over of the innings. (PH)