Host nation and defending champion Saint Lucia remains unbeaten in the WINLOTT Under-15 cricket competition, after coming through for its toughest win in three games.
On Saturday at Mindoo Phillip Park, the Saint Lucians handed Grenada what at times looked like an unlikely defeat.
Grenada won the toss and put Saint Lucia in to field. Saint Lucia had one enforced change, leading scorer Dhan-Raj ‘Chaz’ Cepal sitting out for religious reasons, his place taken by Choiseul’s Xystus Emmanuel.
Xystus opened the innings with captain Kimani Melius, but their partnership dissolved after just 22 runs, Melius run out for four. Eight balls later, Jonathan Khodra was out leg before wicket for one, and a further 13 balls on, Xystus was dismissed via the run-out route, for six.
Wickets continued to fall fairly regularly, the Saint Lucia innings poised on the brink at one stage at 71-6. But Lee Solomon and Simeon Gerson came together for a 49-run partnership, Lee ending with 31 runs and Gerson with an unbeaten 12, as the home team finished on 145-7 from 45 overs.
Extras gave Saint Lucia 59 runs, including 46 wides. Melchizedek Matthew gave up none of those extras. The young Rastafarian took two wickets for nine runs from nine overs, including three maidens.
Defending a smallish total, the Saint Lucians looked somewhat sharper in the field than they had in their previous two victories. Shelton St Rose got opener Razim Elahie bowled for three, and Josh Edmond lbw for two.
Gerson’s left-arm spin got him the wickets of Corie Simon for 12 lbw, and Kimo Peters bowled for duck.
But a partnership ensued, and it was not until 39 runs later that Shakim Edwards was well run out by Khodra, after making 19. His partner, Montell Joseph, was dismissed in the next over, smartly stumped by captain Melius off the bowling of left-armer Keygab Arnold. Keygan picked up his second wicket two balls later, and the Grenada tail was exposed.
Man-of-the-match Gerson would pick up two more wickets, his final figures four for 20 from 8.2 overs, as Grenada were dismissed for 98. Arnold’s two wickets cost 23 runs, and he bowled nine overs. St Rose’s two cost 14 runs from five overs.
Saint Lucia plays Dominica on Sunday at Mindoo Phillip Park.