RAIN ended the Sandals Under-19 Cup final between Central Castries and Saint Lucia Sports Academy (SLSA) prematurely last Saturday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Beausejour, Gros Islet.
Central Castries had a tough first session as they were without the services of right-arm quick pitcher McKenny Clarke, spinner and tournament main wicket taker Keygan Arnold and their captain, wicket batsman Ackeem Augustus. The trio have left Saint Lucia to undertake studies at the University of the West Indies Cavehill Campus in Barbados and will also participate in cricket sessions.
Beating SLSA first, scored their highest total in this year’s tournament, 271 all in 44.2 overs with Royce Paul who came in at No.3 with the score of 8 to 1 marking his first century, 106 which included 8 four and two six. He was ably backed by wicket batsman Noel Leo with 92 which included 7 fours and 4 sixes. The pair added 146 for the fifth wicket. Keon Gaston was the other batsman to reach the double, he made 14.
Wicket drop: Kevin Gassie 4 (1 for 8), Kensley Paul 2 (2 for 16), Jahil Evans 10 (3 for 34), Tarrique Edward 5 (4 for 42), Noel Leo 92 (5 for 188), Keon Gaston 14 (6 for 241), Theo Edward 4 (7 for 255), Royce Paul 106 (8 for 264), Jequan Deshong 5 (9 for 267), Jeremiah Fedee 3 (10 for 271) and Stephon Dupres 2 not released.
Bowling for Central Castries, Ephron Charles 3 for 24, stand in Captain Jayden Elibox 2 for 37, Jared Emmanuel 2 for 45, Tavi John 1 for 10 and Jaayxan Justin 1 for 32.
Requiring 272 for the win, Central Castries was 93 for a wicket loss in 19.3 before the rains arrived and put the brakes on what turned out to be an interesting chase with the non-batsmen. out Ephron Charles 45 and DesneyGidharry 25, the pair added 67 for the second wicket.
Batsman out, Keric Victor caught by wicket keeper Noel Leo for 7 on Jequan Deshong bowling with the score of 26.
Deshong finished with 1 for 18 of 4 overs.
“Due to the fact that 20 overs is a game, the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) system could not be used. They were missing three balls and following discussions with the captains and coaches of the teams, the 2021 Sandals Cup will be shared by both teams, ”said Shawn Alcindor, 1st vice-president of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA ).
An awards ceremony will be scheduled by the Sandals Foundation at a later date to celebrate the champions.
The SLNCA took the time to congratulate 2021 Sandals Cup Under-19 Champions Central Castries and Saint Lucia Sports Academy.
Meanwhile, the SLNCA will kick off a series of games over the next few weeks with the top 26 Under-19 players who made it to this year’s tournament.