Chaz Cepal of the Seventh Day Adventist Academy and Yeanille Andrew of Piaye Secondary were the standout players with the bat, and Giovani Donatien of Beanfield Comprehensive with the ball, as the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports 2014 Secondary Schools Under-15 25-Overs Cricket Tournament got underway this week.
The tournament perhaps holds special significance in that these young men should be eligible for selection to represent Saint Lucia in Twenty20 cricket at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Three games were played on Tuesday.
At the Monchy Playing Field, Vide Bouteille Secondary made 153 all out in 24.3 overs against SDA Academy. Linus Clovis (49 runs) fell just short of his half ccentury, whilst Bathold Clavier (22) and Uran Rene (20 not out) played supporting roles. Clide Augustin took 3 for 12 in 5 overs, whilst Cepal contributed 3-18 and Gaius Jeffery 2-9.
Set a victory target of 154, SDA Academy finished on 156 for 7 in 24.3 overs, a tense three-wicket victory with just three balls to spare. Cepal led from the front, compiling an unbeaten 64. Rumario Simmons added 21. Bowling for Vide Bouteille Secondary, Sanjay Hayles took 2 for 18 and Marlon Remy 2 for 19.
At the Piaye Playing Field, Piaye Secondary beat Beanfield Comprehensive by 71 runs. Batting first, Piaye made 158 for 7, Andrew top scoring with 59 and female player Alliyah Alfred adding 28. For Beanfield, Donatien picked up 4 for 31 in his five overs. He was one of several bowlers on the opening day to end with four-wicket hauls, but his was singular in that included the tournament’s first hat trick, three wickets in as many balls.
In reply, Beanfield batted 24.3 overs but was only able to get to 87 before losing their last wicket. Germaine Denoit made 15. Yannick Osmond (4-8) and Shelton St Rose (3-9) were the best bowlers for Piaye.
In the other game at Piaye, Choiseul Secondary registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Soufriere Comprehensive. Taking first knock, Soufriere Comprehensive was dismissed in the 20th over for 81 with Zach Anthony (13) and Kervel Prospere (11 not out) the only batsmen to reach double figures. Sachin Canchon took 4-17, national player Ned Modeste 3-26 and Stephan Theophane 2-11.
Choiseul knocked off their target for the loss of five wickets in 17.4 overs. Xystus Emmanuel made 25 and Ricky Nelson 13 not out. Bowling for Soufriere, Trevor Edward was 2-35.
The tournament continues on Wednesday at Monchy with Sir Ira Simmons Secondary playing Gros Islet Secondary followed by Castries Comprehensive against Entrepot Secondary. At Mindoo Phillip Park, Corinth Secondary will face George Charles Secondary, followed by Ciceron Secondary and Babonneau Secondary.
At the Dennery Playing Field, Grande Riviere Secondary comes up against Clendon Mason Secondary, followed by Micoud Secondary in a clash with Anse Ger Secondary. At the Piaye Playing Field Choiseul Secondary will face off against Piaye Secondary in the first game, followed by Beanfield Comprehensive in a game against Soufriere Comprehensive.