All Saints Secondary School have captured the Junior Schools cricket title by beating St Joseph’s Academy in the finals at Antigua Recreation Ground on Wednesday by four wickets.
Academy batted first and made 102 runs for 9 wickets off their 25 overs. Roel Wiltshire hit 24, Iram Lewis 25 and Zubin Deyal 13. There were 29 extras.
Bowling for All Saints, Avier Christian took 3 wickets for 15, Conroy Semple had 2 for 12, Patrick Browne 1 for 22, Juan Roberts 1 for 17 and Oneal Barton had 1 for 11.
In reply, All Saints scored 103 for 6 off 23.1 overs. Tevroy Richards hit 21, Christian 24 not out, and J Mussington and P Browne scored 13 apiece.
There were 27 extras including 17 wides, 5 no balls, 4 leg byes and 1 bye.
Bowling for St Joseph’s, Deyal had 3 for 14, Bartlette Henry 1 for 30, T Samuel 1 for 14 and Samory Edwards 1 for 9. All Saints Secondary won by 4 wickets.
Speaking with OBSERVER Sports after the match, the winning coach Pernell “Roxy” Joseph said that he is satisfied with the team’s performance; and although they were not of the strength of their opponents, at the team meeting before the match, it was agreed that they would go out and fire on all cylinders and it worked for the team.
Coach Joseph said the victory is mainly for players and the school, but he did what he had to do as the coach.
He was very high in his praise for Captain Avier Christian who was later voted player of the finals with his 3 for 15 and 24 not out.
Tevroy Richards, Oneal Barton and Mickel Cornwall were also praised for their effort.
The coach also gave kudos to the school’s headmaster and staff for their role with team. He pointed out that the headmaster was always there when called upon to assist.
“Capturing both the senior and junior titles is a great achievement for any coach,” said Joseph.
However, as he looks towards next season, the road ahead will be a little rough since he will have new players both in the seniors and juniors, but he will remain focussed.
Joseph though said he very disappointed with the support given to the youngsters at these finals and if we are looking for them to be our stars of tomorrow, then we need to come out in our numbers to look at them from their early days.
He is therefore calling on the parents, guardians and principal of the school and also the Ministry of Sports to give more support