It was the final of the local 20/20 tournament and a chance for Lime Schools’ youngsters to finally graduate after a decade of fine development under technical director Theo Cuffy.
But oh dear, By Rite turned up and spoilt the Division One party.
The average age of Lime Schools was 20, around 10 years younger than their much more experienced opponents who have brought in youngsters well to complement the veterans.
Schools batted first and got into a rhythm quickly even though Zach McLaughlin went for a duck.
Fellow opener Ricardo Roach fell at 15 after he hit a mighty six just when he looked set for a big score.
Ramon Sealy hit 15, Darren Cato smashed 18 and captain Omar Willis top scored with 19. But Schools were set with a hard task having only scored 88.
By Rite’s Conroy Wright was the bowling hero taking 5-16.
Schools were fired up as they prepared to defend their modest total. They started well, with Marlon Bryan and Kervin Ebanks taking the first three wickets of Jalon Linton, Ainsley Hall and Michael Wight in the first two overs for only one run.
The result looked a forgone conclusion then but in came Omar Bryan, Marlon’s brother and with Keneil Irving they steadied the ship.
The crowd shouted: ‘Don’t kill your brother, Marlon,’ as he steamed down the wicket to bowl. That didn’t happen but Omar had to limp off with a pulled muscle and fast bowler Wright took over.
Not noted for his batting talent, Wright was resilient and rode his luck to get an unexpected 31 before Troy Taylor went in to partner Irving to what had looked an improbable victory only a few overs before.
Schools have only themselves to blame for a series of fielding mistakes, dropped catches and missing an easy stumping. They lost concentration after a brilliant start and assumed that the win was already theres.
Irving, fittingly smashed a six to rack up the winning runs. Byrite finished on 91-4 after 18.3 overs with Irving getting 46.
Chris Wight of By Rite said: ‘We’d like to thank our sponsor Dale Crighton of Crighton Properties.’
In the match for third place Esso Tigers could only field nine men and were docked two overs for a late start against Greenies.
Nevertheless, they made a fist of it for a while. Tigers showed fighting spirit in hitting 82-7 with Alistair Ifill top scoring with 23. Paul Hogg took 3-14 for Greenies.
Hogg was superb with the bat too, notching 22 to give Greenies a solid start with fellow opener Ian Rotsey (8).
Captain Tom Stephens top scored with 31 as he and Josh Brown took Greenies past their target.
Tigers captain Ryan Bovell was the only other Esso player to get double figures, 10. He said: ‘Injuries and work commitments left us short. We needed a decent score to win and had to make some field adjustments because of our shortage but we were also disadvantage because of a late start and being deducted two overs.
‘We were only late by seven minutes which I think is unfair and not in the spirit of the game.’