February 27, 2009
Grammar School goes all the way

The St. Vincent Grammar School finished as the only unbeaten team in the 2008/9 United Insurance Schools Cricket Competition.{{more}}

The young cricketers from the all male institution completed a hard fought win last Wednesday in the Final, played at the Arnos Vale Playing Field.

Watched by students of both institutions, the Grammar School beat the Georgetown Secondary by four wickets.

Led by St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Windwards Under-19 player, Marvin Small, Georgetown batted first and scored 173 for 9. Small led the way with 81. Kemron Quashie was the next best with 24.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Under-19, and West Indies Under-15 batsman, Sunil Ambris, had bowling figures of 2 for 34, so, too, did Jeremy Toney.

Ambris, then showed his ability with the bat, as he shepherded his team to victory in the 36th over.

The right hander lashed four sixes and two fours in his 82 not out, as the Grammar School settled at 176, losing six wickets on the way.

National Under-15 player, Kadier Nedd made 25, as Georgetown added to their demise, conceding 34 Extras.

A smiling Ambris, who was the obvious choice for Man of the Match, told SEARCHLIGHT that his innings was one of his best to date.

The youngest player to score a century in the RBTT Premier Division of the national Cricket Competition, Ambris said: “ When I got off the mark with that six, I knew this was my day”.

“It could not come at a better time, as I was not making much runs earlier in the season,” Ambris, who represents local Cricket Club Eat Rite Saints, said.

The victory was a big toast for the Grammar School’s Coach Bradley Brooker.

“I must say I am elated. After six years rest as a Coach, I have come back and have won,” Brooker stated.

He thumbed the “mental preparation” and the “togetherness,” and his team’s batting, as the factors which made the difference on the day.

En route to the Final, the Georgetown Secondary defeated Troumaca, and the St. Vincent Grammar School stopped the Campden Park Secondary, last Monday.

Small hit 102 not out and Andrew Thomas, 30, as Georgetown posted 204 for 5 off their 40 overs. Kenneth Dember took 4 for 33 for Troumaca, who at their turn at the crease was dismissed for 71. Andy Harper bagged 5 for 18.

Afram Byam, 44, Jeron John, 42, were the main contributors in the Grammar School’s total of 172. Kennard Porter, 3 for 16, and Romano John, 3 for 44, bowling for the Campden Park Secondary.

Ambris took 3 for 26, as Campden Park was strangled to 159 for 7 off their 40 overs.

The St. Vincent Grammar School pocketed $500, the first place trophy, and the Zone C winning trophy.

Georgetown received the runner’s up trophy as well as the Zone A winner prize. The Thomas Saunders Secondary copped Zone B, and the Campden Park Secondary came out on top in Zone D.

At last Wednesday’s closing ceremony, remarks were made by a representative of United Insurance, Cecil Charles and Elford Charles of the Ministry of Education, and Nelson Hillocks, Director of Sports and Physical Education.

The competition was organised by the Schools’ Cricket Sub- Committee of the National School Games Committee.