Alleyne, Scholars for Joel Garner final
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - Alleyne Alumni and Foundation ‘A’ Old Scholars will clash in the final of the fifth annual Christ Church Foundation School Joel Garner Twenty20 tapeball tournament at Church Hill next Friday.
In gripping semi-finals before a big crowd at the same venue on Friday night, Alleyne, the 2011 losing finalists, upstaged last year’s champions, Deighton Griffith Old Scholars, by 14 runs and Foundation ‘A’ beat the 2010 winners Norman/Roy Marshall Brothers Lodge Road by seven runs.
After winning the toss in the first match, Alleyne were bowled out for 107 in 19.2 overs.
Barbados player Jonathan Carter was again the mainstay of the innings, scoring 37 with five fours and one six at No. 4 to follow his hurricane knock of 58 off 30 balls against Combermere Old Scholars in the quarter-finals which co-incidentally, Alleyne also won by 14 runs at Dover on Wednesday.
Deighton Griffith lost the crucial wicket of rookie Barbados T20 player Justin Brathwaite by way of a run out without scoring off the second ball of the innings and Noel removed former Barbados opener Martin Nurse or three and Jeremy Brathwaite (11) in his second and fourth overs to leave them on 25 for three after seven overs.
The run outs of Ashley Nurse (ten) and captain Williams (14) compounded the woes for Deighton Griffith who suffered four run outs and were eventually dismissed for 93 in 17.5 overs.
Foundation ‘A’, who also won the toss, started slowly and were 46 for three after ten overs before Amory Holder’s topscore of 25 at No. 5 helped them to 103 for eight off 20 overs.
Lodge Road struggled as well and at the halfway stage were 49 for four, which soon became 49 for six as left-arm spinner Chad Clarke-Reifer was coming into his own from the northern end.
Eventually, needing 20 off the last two overs including 18 off the last six balls, Lodge Road were restricted to 96 for nine.