Eltham hang tough for two-run win over Cross Keys

Jamaica Observer article.

KIngston, Jamaica - Eltham High bounced back from last week's Spalding Cup defeat when they held on for a hard-fought two-run victory over Cross Keys High in Zone Two of the Super Eight Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty20 competition at Chedwin Park, yesterday.

Eltham High, after putting together a moderate total of 128-8, followed up with a tight bowling performance to deny Cross Keys High, who squandered a useful start from their openers.

Scores: (Eltham 128-9 (20 overs); Cross Keys 126 all out (20 overs).

Eltham High won the toss and decided to take first knock on a well-presented batting surface and windy conditions. They lost their first wicket with 18 runs on the board when Shaquille Brown was run out by Nicholas Williams for 11.

It then became 23 for two in the fifth over when their top man, Ramone Francis, failed to shine on the day, being bowled by Nicholas Williams for two.

Shane Cole and Jevel Innis tried to lead a recovery, but it was not to be, as Innis was caught in the deep off the bowling of Jermaine Morgan for 12, to leave the score at 48 for three.

Cole then went for a big hit but was unfortunately caught by Donovan Watson for 12 to give Williams his second wicket with the score being 51 for four.

Morgan then scalped his second victim when he removed Kevon Richards for five to leave Eltham reeling at 59 for five at the half-way point. Jerome Barton with a top score of 38 and skipper Dishane Patterson (14) then put together a 38-run sixth-wicket partnership to stage a recovery before Patterson got his stumps disturbed by Jaleel Meikle to leave the score at 97 for six.

Javion Brown joined Barton in the middle and the two found life with some lusty blows, but hesitant running proved their undoing as Brown got run out by Morgan for 14 with the score at 126 for seven.

Rahime Garnett came and went for a one-ball duck when he was adjudged leg-before-wicket off the bowling of Miguel Smith with the score at 127 for eight, before Barton became last man out when he was run out off the last ball of the innings. Morgan ended with two for 18 and Williams two for 21.

Cross Keys began their reply in a no-nonsense mood as captain Tristan Coleman and Damion Brown put together a 38-run opening stand, before Shaquille Brown abandoned his wicket-keeping duties to bring Eltham success in the fifth over when he removed Coleman for 17.

It then became 42 for three when Shane Cole had Brown caught by Jevel Innis at backward point for 16, and Nicholas Williams run out by Barton for a duck.

Shemar Irwin was controversially given run-out by the umpire for eight with the score at 55 for four. The decision sparked unsportsmanlike reactions from the youngster which led to a stern warning from the umpire.

Cross Keys then saw their chances slowly fading in the 12th over, when Jermaine Morgan was bowled by Barton for three with the score at 64 for five.

Donovan Watson (25) and Jaleel Meikle (29 not out) added 28 to the total before Watson was removed by Ramone Francis to leave the score at 92 for six. Things got worse for the team from south Manchester when Damain Blackwood went for a duck after being caught off the bowling of Barton to leave the score at 94 for seven.

Romario Marshall went via the run-out route for three to leave his team staring defeat down the throat at 100 for eight, requiring a further 29 runs from two overs.

Cross Keys went into the final over requiring 15 runs, and lusty blows by Meikle carried them to within six runs from two deliveries, but the intensity saw Rushane Allen being run out for six and Miguel Smith for two off the last ball of the innings to leave them two runs short of the target at 126 all out from their alloted 20 overs.

Barton topped the bowling with two for 26.

Vere Technical High dispatched Wolmer's by 56 runs in Zone One action earlier on the day.

Scores: (Vere Technical 166-6 (20 overs); Wolmer's 110-9 (20 overs))

The competition continues on Saturday with matches at Vere Technical High School and Up Park Camp.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 03:56