Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Entrepot Secondary were forced to share the title as rain intervened to bring an abrupt end to the final of the 2018 Massy United Insurance Under 19 Schools’ Cricket Competition at the Mindoo Philip Park last Friday.
A heavy shower into Sir Arthur’s chase left the outfield unplayable, particularly at the bowlers’ run ups as the defending champions Sir Arthur chased a modest 92 for victory.
Entrepot Secondary won the toss, decided to bat and struggled to an eventual score of 91 all out off 26.1 overs. That was thanks mainly to a brave middle order knock of bold resistance by left handed batsman Craig Elisee who struck a face saving 32. Entrepot, at one stage, were reeling on 35 for five.
Doing the early damage was Man of the Match Dudley Charles, who had impressive figures of 5 for 27 in six overs. He was ably supported by Rahym Joseph, who claimed two scalps for 15 runs in eight overs.
In reply, Sir Arthur Lewis raced to 68 for one off 8.3 overs, Captain Dane Edward blasting 45. His team’s innings slowed appreciably after his dismissal and after the heavy showers came, his side still needed 24 runs to pull off back to back titles.
Speaking at the end of the match, acting Director of Sports, Patrick Mathurin, commended the sponsors for their commitment to the competition. Hollis Bristol spoke on behalf of the sponsors and congratulated officials from the Department of Youth Development and Sports for putting on another year of the competition and both teams for their efforts in reaching the final.
The 2018 competition marked 33 years of unbroken sponsorship by Massy United. Sponsorship of this year’s tournament was to the tune of $25,000 in cash and kind. The finalists were outfitted in Massy uniforms and caps for the occasion. Both winning schools were recipients of a One Thousand Dollar award for the purchase of cricket gear and an HP Desk Jet Colour printer.
Prizes were also presented to all members of both cricket teams and their coaches, to Massy United Man of the Match, Quarter-finals : Hanig Antoine, Choiseul Secondary (Choiseul vs Grande Riviere Secondary), Sanjay Hayle, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC vs Soufriere Comprehensive), Dillon La Force, St Mary’s College (SMC vs Babonneau) and Jaden La Feuille, Entrepot Secondary (Entrepot vs Micoud Secondary); Massy United Man of Match, Semi-finals: Tyrel Chicot, Entrepot Secondary (Entrepot vs Choiseul Secondary) and Kyle Adonis, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC vs SMC) and the Massy United Man of the Match of the finals: Dudley Charles, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC vs Entrepot Secondary), as well as the organizers and officials from the Department of Youth & Sports.
Massy United also praised sister company, Massy Stores, for their contribution of Massy shopping bags and various food items towards the various gift bags distributed on the occasion.