Marshall hits 97 to put Combermere in command in LIME Under-15 final
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Shakkae Marshall fell three runs short of joining an elite group of players to make a century in the final of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) LIME Under-15 competition but his sterling knock enabled Nicholls Baking Combermere to strengthen their grip on the title against Queen’s College.
Combermere ended the second and penultimate day at Kensington Oval today on 216 for eight in their second innings for a sizeable overall lead of 264 runs.
Barbados Under-15 batsman Marshall’s 97 came off 181 balls and he counted 12 fours in 223 minutes at the crease.
Resuming from an overnight five without loss, Combermere were in early strife at 30 for three. Medium-pacer Ajani Ince trapped David Scott lbw for the second time in the match as he played right across to a full length delivery.
Nightwatchman Jabarry Doughlin got one that cut back from left-arm pacer Ajani Batson and he was bowled pushing tentatively forward.
After striking two fours down the ground, Shian Brathwaite, who made 106 in the semi-final suffered a rare second failure. He got a full toss from medium-pacer Kayode Miller but the off-stump was uprooted as he tried to smash it too hard through mid-wicket.
Batson dropped an easy chance at extra-cover offered by Indal Persaud when he was on seven and the total 55, as he drove at Darian Trotman’s second delivery. The first hour belonged to Queen’s College as 51 runs were scored for three wickets from 14 overs.
However, Marshall was in good touch and got off the mark with a flick to the mid-wicket boundary off Batson. He then had a glance off the hip to fine-leg for four off Ince and next over played a lovely on-drive for four off Batson.
Persaud was the perfect foil for his skipper and Combermere went to lunch without further loss at 100 for three, with Marshall on 51 and Persaud 15. Marshall reached his half-century with his eighth four when he banged his name -sake Mekhail through cove. By then he had batted 70 minutes and faced 61 balls.
The partnership was broken half an hour after lunch, when Persaud who was suffering with cramp and had to be treated twice, was lbw swinging across the fourth ball of a new spell from Ince. He was in for 118 minutes and faced 94 deliveries for a very determined knock of 21.
Ince was again in the picture when Kofie Gilkes drove a catch to Miller at extra-cover. Marshall lost momentum in the face of tight bowling and the second session realized 47 runs from 25 overs and more two wickets. At tea, Marshall was unbeaten on 77 and Zidan Clarke on nine.
Marshall and Clarke held firm for a sixth-wicket stand of 43 in 20.3 overs until they both were dismissed in consecutive overs with the second new-ball.
Clarke, driving loosely, was brilliantly caught by Nico Reifer diving full stretch to his left at second slip off Ince for a patient eleven, from 66 balls in 73 minutes.
Marshall got the first boundary off the new- ball, guiding Batson to third-man but he then produced a first-class yorker and Marshall was bowled leg-stump.
Kastun Stoute who survived a very confident appeal for lbw first ball from Ince, held up the bottom order with an unbeaten run-a-ball 38, including seven fours and one off the last ball of the day. Ince has so far taken four for 33 and Batson three for 62.
The final day will start at 11 a.m. Queen’s College are in a must-win situation and will have a whole lot to do in order to prevent Combermere from taking a hat-trick of titles.
Nicholls Baking Combermere v Queen’s College
(AT KENSINGTON OVAL)
Weather; sunny; Pitch: firm; Outfield: fast.
COMBERMERE 1st Innings 153-9
QUEEN'S COLLEGE Ist Innings 105-9
COMBERMERE 2nd Innings
D. Scott lbw b Ince 5
J. Doughlin b Batson 6
S. Brathwaite b Miller 10
I. Persaud lbw b Ince 21
*S. Marshall b Batson 97
K. Gilkes c Miller b Ince 3
Z. Clarke c Reifer b Ince 11
K. Stoute not out 38
L. Springer c Hall b Batson 2
+A. Chandler not out 1
Extras (b8, lb6, w3,nb5) 22
TOTAL (8 wks, 79 overs) 216
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-30, 3-30, 4-121, 5-127, 6-170, 7-174, 8-188.
Bowling: Batson 16-2-62-3 (w2, nb2), Ince 15-4-33-4, Miller 2-1-9-1 (nb1), Mayers 13-3-26-0, Trotman 7-1-16-0 (w1, nb1),
Marshall: 12-2-30-0, Reifer 6-2-13- 0 (nb1), Hall 4-2-11-0, Griffith 4-2-2-0.
Position: Combermere have an overall lead of 264 runs with two wickets in hand.
Umpires: Dalton Holder, Lester Millington.
Reserve: Louis St. John.
First Published On bcacricket.org.