Sunday, April 21, 2024

Combermere do it again


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A SOLID all-round Man Of The Match performance by Roston Chase led Combermere to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Queen’s College to seal the Barbados Cricket Association’s Under-19 Schools Championship in a one-sided final at the Brewery yesterday.Chase hit a fluent unbeaten 26 off 30 balls to steer Combermere to 81 for three after the Waterford school had dismissed Queen’s College for a meagre 77 in 34.2 overs. Earlier, Chase was one of several spinners to perplex the Queen’s College team after they had opted to bat first in their bid to upstage the defending champions. Chase took two for 13 off his allotted eight overs and along with West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican did most of the early damage, equally sharing four of the first five wickets as Queen’s College slumped to 43 for five.Off-spinner Shane Jones was the most successful bowler with three for 12 off 4.2 overs, but it was medium pacer Justin Greaves who made the initial strike in the fifth over when he bowled Queen’s College captain Clint St Hill for ten with the score on 15.Opener Matthew Clarke (18) and Shai Hope spent the next nine overs trying to overcome the early setback, but Warrican dismissed both off consecutive balls in the 14th over to leave Queen’s College 34 for three. Never recoveredIt was a position from which they never recovered and apart from the openers, Jerome Stuart (14) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.Combermere lost Shayne Moseley before lunch which was taken at 26 for one after six overs and there was probably brief concern when Shane Jones was bowled by off-spinner Raymond Bynoe to leave the defending champions 28 for two shortly after resumption.Chase and Jonathan Drakes stabilised the innings and by the time Drakes’ attempted drive was gleefully caught by Clint St Hill at slip, to give off-spinner Jabari Mascoll his second wicket, Combermere were well on course for their fifth Under-19 title since coach Roddy Estwick took up the coaching duties in 1999. It was the ninth final for Comberemere during that period.“This year for me is the best because this may be the last,” coach Estwick told the Saturday SUN shortly after the match.  “There comes a time in one’s life when one has to look for a new challenge. A different challenge may be on the horizon. I will savour this one and enjoy it because there may be no more,” he said.


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