By Neto Baptiste
The Antigua Grammar School (AGS), Ottos Comprehensive Schools (OCS) and Jennings Secondary School (JSS) were winners in the under-15 division of the schools 50 overs cricket competition last Friday as they clashed at venues across the island.
Recording the largest margin of victory, Jennings defeated Pares Secondary School (PSS) by nine wickets.
Batting first, Pares posted 41 for seven in 8.2 overs with their best effort with the bat coming from Orian Tonge who made 11. Matthew Miller was the pick of the bowlers for Jennings, snatching three wickets for 22 runs in three overs. Tanez Francis assisted with two wickets for five runs in 1.2 overs.
Jennings Secondary easily reached their target at 43 for one with Francis hitting 19 not out. Mekail Tonge claimed the only wicket for Pares, picking up one wicket for two runs in two overs.
Meanwhile, the AGS defeated Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS) by four wickets.
Opting to bat first, Clare Hall posted 121 all out with Jewel Andrew top-scoring with 43, while female player Kimberly Anthony made 36. Bowling for AGS, Ronaldo Antigua picked up a five-for, bagging five wickets for 23 runs in 3.5 overs.
AGS then reached 122 for six to claim victory with Xanden Hobson getting 46 not out and Tyree Moore reaching 24. Bowling for Clare Hall, Amos Christian picked up three wickets for 39 runs in three overs and Ozan Williams had two for 16 in 2.2 overs.
In the other under-15 clash, Ottos Comprehensive defeated Sir Novelle Richards Academy (SNRA) by 31 runs.
OCS posted 63 all out with Francis Bowen hitting 31. Jared Jon-Baptist and Shawn Balgobin were on target for OCS with four and three wickets each. Jon-Baptist snatched four wickets for 12 runs in four overs, while Balgobin had three for 10 runs in three overs.
In their chase, SNRA were all out for 32, their best effort with the bat coming from Jquan Athanaze with 11 runs.
In the other match contested last week, Antigua State College beat Princess Margaret School (PMS) by an innings and 76 runs in the under-19 division of the Two Day competition.
PMS were all out for 42 in their first innings following destructive spells from Grayson Cuffy who had five wickets for 14 runs in six overs, and Deran Benta with four wickets for four runs in eight overs. In their first inning reply, ASC posted 174 for five. Benta hit a top-score of 84, while Jalen Francis added 50 to the effort. PMS were then bundled out for 56. Benta was again, instrumental as he claimed five wickets for six runs in three overs. Romel Hettmiah chipped in with three wickets for seven runs in three overs.