ST. GEORGE’S, April 9, 2016 – St. David Under 19 Cricket Team are still reeling in excitement following their two wicket win over defending champions St. Andrew in the final of the Republic Bank/GCA Under 19 Cricket Tournament held on Friday at Progress Park.
In what was a thrilling finale to the tournament, St. David held their ground and warded off a strong challenge from their opponents.
After winning the toss, the young men from “Big Parish” elected to bat and found themselves in early trouble losing the tournaments’ best batsman Anil Matthew (3 runs) in the fourth over with 11 for 1.
Twenty two (22) runs were added to the score before Quacy Bhagwan struck in the tenth over after having Heston Jackson trapped LBW.
Captain Johann Jeremiah tried to hold the ship together but saw another wicket fall with just one run added to the score as Shakim Charles was caught and bowled by Jeron Noel who bagged four wickets on the day.
Quacy Bhagwan bagged his second wicket of the match in the 18th over when Donald McDonald was caught by Markim Felix to leave St. Andrew shaken on 52 for 4.
Pressure got the better of St. Andrew as the captain was run-out making the score 78 for 5.
They eventually lost their remaining five wickets for 54 runs.
Jeron Noel completed his four wicket haul by dismissing Darren Nedd, Jonathan Taylor and Shermille Lewis.
Noel ended with figures of four for 19 in 10 overs.
Chasing 133 for victory, St. David had a good start but lost their first wicket in over number seven when Markim Felix was caught by Donald McDonald off the bowling of Shermille Lewis.
Wickets began to fall at regular intervals and St. David were at one stage 62 for 5.
However it was Captain Ryan John who held his nerves throughout the match and fittingly saw his team home in 26.6 overs to lift the tournament trophy.
John finished on 53 not out which included 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Johann Jeremiah bagged three for 28.
Player of the match went to Ryan John who was also adjudged MVP of the tournament.