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Defending champs Quest drop out of Scotiabank Prep School Cricket Competition

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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A new champion will be crowned in the Scotiabank Prep School Cricket Competition after rain prevented any play on Friday at Lucas Cricket Ground in the semi-finals of Surrey county.

Defending champions Quest Prep were scheduled to face St Hugh's Prep in the second match, but not a ball was bowled due to a wet run up and outfield, as well as continuous rain long after 1:00 pm when the match should have started.

St Hugh's placed higher than Quest, having won all seven preliminary- round matches, whereas Quest lost two. St Hugh's will therefore battle Ardenne Prep in the county final on Tuesday at the same venue. St Hugh's are in their second year in the competition and are reaching their first county final.

The first match between last year's runners-up Hydel and Ardenne did not play either due to persistent rain. The umpires were only able to take the toss, but the teams did not take to the field. Hydel yielded to Ardenne by virtue of being placed lower at the end of the preliminary round. Ardenne are reaching a county final after many years as the perennial winners were Hydel.

Quest's coach Leonard Malcolm was very disappointed by the turn of events as he was looking forward to defending his county championship and move on to the national championship and defend that as well.

St Hugh's coach Rushane Samuels, on the other hand, was happy to be reaching their first final. He expressed optimism that his team can get by Ardenne on Tuesday. He said that he had a balanced team led by outstanding young cricketer Jordan Johnson.

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