Welchman Hall St Thomas champs
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - Inspired by an unbeaten century from opener Shanaldo Taylor, Steve’s Building Works Natural Heritage Welchman Hall Colts defeated fellow first-time finalists, Earthworks Melrose by 63 runs in the final of the St Thomas Cricket Competition last Sunday at the Bridgefield Playing Field.
Left-hander Taylor batted through the innings for 121 not out to earn the Man-Of-The-Match award. He was well supported by Diego Stuart with a quickfire 48 and captain Pedro Greaves, who made 38, in Welchman Hall’s total of 245 for five in 35 overs.
Melrose then suffered a middle order collapse after a 70-run opening stand between Steven Blackett (37) and Kevin Greene (32) and were dismissed for 183 in 30.2 overs to give Welchman Hall their first St Thomas title.
Off-spinner Rasheed Edwin made the initial breakthrough by bowling Blackett and went on to finish with three wickets for 32 runs as the only major resistance came from Marlon Graham, with 39.
Fast-medium bowler Kemar Small took three for 31.
Welchman Hall Cots 245-5 in 35 overs (Shanaldo Taylor 121 n.o., D. Stuart 48, P. Greaves 38, D. Vaughan 12). Melrose 183 in 30.2 overs (M. Graham 39, S. Blackett 37, K. Greene 32, S. Straker 17, R. Small 12, S. Richards 11; K. Small 3-31, R. Edwin 3-32). Welchman Hall Colts won by 63 runs.
Most Valuable Player: Jemar Willoughby (Welches) – 230 runs, seven wickets.
Batsman with most runs: Kodi Phillips (Lester Vaughan) – 259.
Bowlers with most wickets: Renair Mayers (Melrose) and Dwayne Alleyne (BRC) – 12
Wicket-keeper with most dismissals: Owen Birch (Welches) – nine.
Best Under-19 Player: Shaquille Richards (Melrose) – 68 runs, seven wickets.
Highest individual score: Kodi Phillips (Lester Vaughan) – 95 vs Melrose.
Best bowling figures: Dave Clarke (Springfield) – 5.3-0-8-6) vs Welches.
Man Of The Match in the semi-finals: Kyle Mayers (Welchman Hall) – 78 n.o. and 3-40; Kevin Greene (Melrose) – 54 vs Springfield.
Man Of The Match in final: Shanaldo Taylor.