Primus plunders unbeaten 60 as C-P beat St. Michael by eight runs in Joel Garner T20
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Lifted by a stroke-filled, unbeaten half-century from Roshon Primus, former champions RG Plumbing Coleridge & Parry Old Scholars fought back to beat St. Michael Alumni by eight runs as they stepped up their bid for a quarter-final place in the sixth annual Christ Church Foundation School Joel Garner Twenty20 tapeball tournament.
In what was a top-of-the-table second round clash in the Irvine King/Hugh Barker Zone 'C' at Dover on Wednesday night, the Ashton Hall, St. Peter team recorded their second win to move to six points, leaving newcomers St. Michael on three points.
The other teams in the Zone - Police and Deighton Griffith Old Scholars - are both without a point after one match.
After winning the toss, Coleridge & Parry, the 2011 champions, were soon under pressure at 12 for three off four overs as Dr. Don Marshall, with his unorthodox style of delivering off the wrong foot reminiscent of Alan "Froggy" Thompson, the former Australia fast bowler of the early 1970s, grabbed two of wickets.
Operating from the southern end, Marshall had both Andre Harris and Andy Payne leg before wicket for 'ducks', while Brandon Best, the ICBL Empire pacer removed seasoned Maple all-rounder Shane Ramsay for one.
But Primus, the former Guardian General Barbados Youth player who also represented CounterPoint Wanderers last season, counter-attacked with some sweetly timed drives through the covers as he and experienced Maple captain Renaldo Parris rebuilt the innings.
The pair put on 45 in 6.3 overs before Parris fell for 17 to BDFSP player Ackeem Clinkett.
Primus then dominated a fifth wicket stand of 64 in 8.2 overs with Dario Cummins, who made only nine off 14 balls.
Primus made 60 not out off 56 balls with six fours and two sixes in a total of 129 for five off 20 overs. He fittingly won the Baron's Smokehouse $100 Player-of-the-Match award.
Marshall took two for four off four consecutive overs.
St. Michael also ran into early trouble and were 15 for three off five overs before opener Junior Moore and the experienced Republic Bank St. Catherine all-rounder Ulric Batson led a recovery.
Urged on by solid support from old scholars including many ladies, Moore and Batson added 58 in 8.5 overs four the fourth wicket before Moore unnecessarily slogged at seamer Joel Michael Leacock and was bowled for 36, which came off 43 balls and contained four fours and one six.
The run out of captain Jared Gilkes, a potentially dangerous hard-hitter, for two in the 17th over, followed two balls later without addition by the removal of Batson, caught at extra-cover by Shane Ramsay off medium-pacer Alex Browne for 33 off 35 balls including two sixes and two fours, truly hurt St. Michael.
Browne, a wicket-keeper/batsman by nature and the son of Courtney Browne, the former Barbados captain and West Indies wicket-keeper/batsman, who is now a West Indies selector, soon bowled Marshall for two.
Michael Agard jr tried desperately at the 'death' and was unbeaten on 16 as St. Michael were ultimately limited to 121 for seven.
Leacock took two for nine off four overs and Browne, two for 19 off two overs.
The organisers will make Friday, February 14, Valentine's Day, special with a few prizes at stake for the customary double-header at Dover as the tournament reaches the mid-way stage. In the first match at 6.30 p.m., Police oppose the 2012 champions Deighton Griffith Old Scholars with both teams seeking their first win, while Lodge Old Scholars, always boasting a strong following, meet St. Leonard's Old Scholars in the Barry Gaskin/Bran Williams Zone 'D' at 9.30 p.m. with the former desperate for a victory.
Coleridge & Parry Old Scholars beat St. Michael Alumni by eight runs.
Coleridge & Parry 129-5 (20 overs) (Roshon Primus 60 not out - 56 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes; Renaldo Parris 17; Don Marshall 2-4).
St. Michael Alumni 121-7 (20 overs) (Junior Moore 36, Ulric Batson 33, Michael Agard jr 16 not out; Joel M. Leacock 2-9, Alex Browne 2-19).
Points: Coleridge & Parry Old Scholars 3, Alleyne Alumni 0.
Toss: Coleridge & Parry.
The Baron's Smokehouse $100 Player-of-the-Match: Roshon Primus.
Umpires: Clyde Alleyne, Rodney Barrow.