The first schools sports tournament has been decided for the 2014-15 school year, with St Mary’s College beating Micoud Secondary by 33 runs to lift the championship trophy on Wednesday at Dennery.
In a tournament that has seen some pretty solid batting performances, SMC have leaned heavily on their bowlers, and it was a triumph of ball over bat again in midweek.
Batting first, SMC got to 85, lasting 18.1 overs. Rahym Joseph top-scored with 36, whilst Dillon Fanis and Garvin Serieux took three wickets each.
In reply, though, Micoud Secondary were skittled out for 52, surviving just 15 of their available 25 overs. Ironically, the top scorer for Micoud was the tournament’s leading bowler, Molice Lubrin. On this occasion, though he did not shine with the ball, he led his team with 14 runs.
Conversely, Paulcuss Joseph was indeed a star with the ball, taking five wickets and giving up just nine runs from his four overs. Windward Islands player Simeon Gerson, just 12 years old, took 2-13, and Kwasi Hobson 2-14.
St Mary’s got to the final after defeating Choiseul Secondary by 61 runs. SMC made 82 for 2 and routed Choiseul for 26 in a rain-affected match. Whilst left arm swing bowler Deelan Laforce picked up 3-5, Kwasi Hobson and Paulcuss Joseph shared four wickets for just 14 runs.
In the other semifinal, Micoud went past SDA Academy at the death. SDA made 92 for 9 in 20 overs, Lubrin taking 3-10 and Serieux 2-26. Micoud lost seven wickets and made the victory target with just two balls to spare, Serieux unbeaten on 28 and Lubrin contributing 12.
Lubrin ended with 16 wickets, but Paulcuss Joseph’s five in the final earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy on Wednesday. The three bowlers with hat-tricks in the competition were also recognised – Giovani Donatien of Beanfield Comprehensive and the Babonneau Secondary duo of Janai Dalsou and Stavone Gabriel.
Another young man from Babonneau, Kimani Melius, led the competition with 342 runs, including two of the three centuries recorded (126 and 120). Melody Jules of Soufriere Comprehensive was the only other centurion, having lashed an unbeaten 104.
Saint Lucia’s team for the proposed Twenty20 cricket competition at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be picked from this age group, so it will certainly be interesting to follow the progress of these young men over the next three years.