Barbados Advocate article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Wesley Hall Juniors are now the proud holders of ten titles after snapping up their latest championship in yesterday’s final of the Guardian Group Guardian General Herman Griffith Primary Schools’ Cricket Competition.
Coming up against first time finalists Eden Lodge at the Empire ground, Wesley Hall successfully defended their championship by holding their opponents to a 48-run loss.
Wesley Hall won the toss and went in to bat first and got up to a sizeable total thanks to a hefty helping of extras. Eden Lodge gifted Wesley Hall 54 extras with 46 of them being wides. As a result, Wesley Hall had very little work to do to get over 100 runs.
Towards the total, however, Ajay Ganesh got up to ten before he was dismissed by Donte Ludat. Putting down a captain’s knock of 41, Rivaldo Clarke was stellar on the day before Ty Farrell took the crucial wicket.
Ludat came out with the best figures for Eden Lodge, taking two wickets for 34 runs with a maiden in his spell.
The King Street boys posted 132 for the loss of six to leave Eden Lodge with a decent target. Eden Lodge did not start too badly in their chase, but they were kept under the thumb of the Wesley Hall bowling. Led by the diminutive seven year-old Edwin Barnett, Wesley Hall’s bowling put Eden Lodge in loads of trouble as wickets fell left, right and centre.
Barnett was good for three scalps for only just 18 runs in his four-over spell.
Thiery Walcott took two for 12 with a maiden in the batch, while captain Clarke came back to do some damage with the ball to cop him the Man-of-the- Match title. He took two for 15 which included Ludat’s wicket.
Ludat was on his way to do some real damage when Clarke had him caught and bowled at 23.
With only 23 extras given up, Eden Lodge could not make it to the target, especially with four of their batsmen scoring zero. When the last wicket fell in the 19th over, the field became flooded with supporters as Eden Lodge fell short at 84.
Speaking to The Barbados Advocate, coach Richard Clarke said that it felt really good to reach the ten-win milestone. “It is overwhelming!! Ten times?! Magnificent! I don’t think there is any other team at primary school level that has done it before,” he said.
Deciding not to go on second-hand information, Clarke stated that he went into the final extremely cautious. “We did not know much about Eden Lodge, but I did a little bit of surveying from some of my colleagues and they told me that they are not a force to be reckoned with.
However, I do not underestimate anyone in cricket. Teams come out and they play cricket on the day and we were positive in the approach and that is the result.”
Mentioning that the game plan was to bat first, get a good score and let their bowling restrict the opponents, Clarke went on to mention that he would be losing several of his players and that over the next year the plan was to rebuild a team.
“We have to go back to the drawing boards because we will be losing about eight players and I only have four who will be here next year, so I have to rebuild,” he added.