Action heats up in schools cricket

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Action heats up in schools cricket
Johnnel Eugene flashes
Johnnel Eugene flashes

The first century and first two five-wicket hauls were recorded on the second day of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Secondary Schools Under 15 Cricket Tournament on Wednesday.

Crushing wins were recorded by Soufriere Comprehensive, Choiseul Secondary (their second in a row), Micoud Secondary, Sir Ira Simmons, Castries Comprehensive, Babonneau Secondary and Grande Riviere Secondary, whilst Corinth Secondary squeaked past George Charles Secondary.

STAR PERFORMERS

Melody Jules stroked 104 not out for Soufriere Comprehensive, as they bounced back from their opening day defeat to Choiseul. This time, Soufriere was victorious in a big way, consigning Beanfield Comprehensive to their second straight loss, this time by 113 runs. Soufriere made 196 for 2. In reply, Beanfield was bowled out in the eighties for the second consecutive day chasing a big total, 83 all out in 20.3 overs. Trevor Edward took 3 wickets for 8 runs, Joshua Jn Baptiste 3-9 and Melody Jules 2-4.

Ned Modeste was the star turn at Piaye Playing Field as Choiseul Secondary cantered to back-to-back wins. Soufriere’s conquerors on opening day, Choiseul dropped Piaye Secondary to its first loss Wednesday. Choiseul made 123 for 9, with Darrel Gonsalves 32, and Yannick Osmond taking 4-20 for Piaye. But Piaye was hapless in response, all out 51, losing their final wicket on the penultimate ball of the 14th over and losing the game by 72 runs. Modeste copped 6-17, whilst female player Alliyah Alfred made 24 for Piaye.

Ned’s, though, was just the second-best bowling performance of the competition to date. Micoud Secondary beat Anse Ger Secondary by four wickets at Dennery. Anse Ger were 129 all out, with Ronaldo Joseph recording an incredible 78 from that total, the third half century overall in the tournament. Molice Lubrim, though, starred with the ball, taking 6-9 in just three overs. Micoud Secondary reached 130 for 6 in 19.4 overs, Dillon Fanis 28 and Atley Clovis 24. Anse Ger’s Curlen Serieux took 4 for 27.

OTHER SCORES

At Monchy Playing Field, Sir Ira Simmons beat Gros Islet Secondary by 9 wickets. Gros Islet Secondary 52 all out in 18 overs, female player Qiana Joseph (12) the only batter in double figures. Saint Lucia and Windward Islands players Dane Edward and Johnnel Eugene combined to take 7-18. Dane, an opening batsman, was not out on 36 as Sir Ira Simmons made 53 for 1 in 7.1 overs to win. Qiana was the lone wicket taker for Gros Islet Secondary, with 1-22.

Castries Comprehensive beat Entrepot Secondary by 6 wickets. Entrepot made 97 in 22 overs, Kyle Adonis 23 and Denzel Papin 22. Shervin Lubin took 3-14 and national player Shakim Scott 2-10. CCSS lost four wickets in getting to their target of 98, Shervin Lubin with 25 and Scott with 18.

At Mindoo Phillip Park, Corinth Secondary beat George Charles Secondary in a close one, winning by just three runs. Corinth were 44 all out in 17.4 overs. Darren Joseph was 4-9, Daniel Alphonse 3-6. Chasing 45 for victory, George Charles was incredibly dismissed for 42 in 15.2 overs with Shed Smith contributing 10. Raphael Largen took 4-10, Lee Solomon 3-5.

Babonneau Secondary whipped Ciceron Secondary by 125 runs in the opening fixture for both teams. Babonneau were 151 all out in 21.4 overs, captain Kimani Melius – a Saint Lucia and Windward Islands opener – stroking an unbeaten 82. In reply, Ciceron Secondary was bowled out for 26 in 5.2 overs. Janai Dalsou took 4-15.

Back at Dennery, meanwhile, Grande Riviere Secondary beat Clendon Mason Memorial by 46 runs. Grande Riviere Secondary made 113 for 6, McKeeney Flavius 28. Taj Dolor took 2 for 11. In reply, Clendon Mason Memorial was dismissed for 67, as Kurtie Mathurin took 3-12 and Flavius 3-13.

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