The Violet O. Jeffers Nicholls Primary School won this year’s edition of the TDC sponsored Runako Morton Primary School Cricket tournament.
They secured the title Thursday afternoon when they defeated Charlestown Primary School by 21 runs in the final.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Captain De’Morae Prentice and DeShawn James laid a solid foundation before James was run out, by a superb bit of fielding by Captain Hero.
In their allotted 10 overs, VOJN posted a competitive score of 83/1.
Charlestown Primary School in pursuit of their target, were 30 for no loss after two overs. Both opening batsman Hero and Persaud looked set to knock off the score in 6 overs.
However, the run rate slowed once Hero was bowled and caught by opposing Skipper, Prentice. Following that, wickets fell regularly and DeShawn James picked up a hat trick, the first and only of the tournament. Kimadre Nisbett picked up the final wicket.
The Charlestown Primary School was bowled out for 62.
Deshawn James was awarded the player of the Match, his second for the tournament.
Immediately following the game, an official closing and awards ceremony was held. Former Nevisian & Leeward Island Player, Carl Tuckett, chaired the ceremony.
The awards presented were as follows:
Most improved team – Joycelyn Liburd Primary (St. Thomas’ Primary a close second)
Batsman with the most runs – DeShawn James of VOJN, (139 runs)
Bowler with the most wickets – De ’Morae Prentice of VOJN, (11 wickets)
Best wicketkeeper – Te’Jahni Daniel of VOJN
Player of the tournament- De ’Morae Prentice
Third place trophy – St. Thomas’ Primary School
Second place trophy and medals – Charlestown Primary School
Championship trophy and medals – Violet O. Jeffers Nicholls Primary School.
Curtis Morton, a veteran sports journalist was also presented with a surprise plaque for his coverage of Primary Schools cricket over the 28 years of its existence.