Eltham knock out Wolmer’s to claim second schoolboy title

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Eltham High School secured their second title of the season when they scored an emphatic 77-run win over Wolmer’s Boys in the final of the ISSA/JIIC Knockout competition at Melbourne Cricket Oval yesterday.

Wolmer’s, who were hoping to defend their crown, failed to do so after a lacklustre batting performance. Some supporters of Wolmer’s could be heard complaining about what they felt was the suspect bowling action of at least one of Eltham’s bowlers. However, throughout the innings, neither umpire called no-ball for any improper action.

Scores: Eltham 216-6; Wolmer’s 139.

Eltham High won the toss and, deciding to take first strike, started in the ruck when they lost Shaquille Brown for a duck after being bowled by Suwayne Morrison with the score at 11.

Jevel Innis and Ramone Francis then put together a 93-run partnership, with Francis getting to a wellplayed half-century before being trapped in front by Hakeem Williams for 52 with the score at 104 for two. Innis fell three runs later for 42 after being bowled by Amir Dalley to leave the score at 107 for three.

Malcolm Whyte of Wolmer’s looks back after being bowled by Eltham’s off-spinner Jevel Innis (out of photo) while wicketkeeper Shaquille Brown looks on in the ISSA/JIIC Knockout final at Melbourne Cricket Oval yesterday. Eltham won by 77 runs. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Shane Cole and Kevon Richards then played some lusty blows to take the score to 160 in the 35th over when Richards went bowled by Morrison for 11. Jerome Barton came and went for five after he was adjudged legbefore-wicket off the bowling of Sadique Henry with the score at 169 for five.

Morrison then had Cole caught in the deep for a topscore of 68 with the score at 195 for six. Dishane Patterson, 14, and Javion Brown took the score to 216 without any further loss. Morrison topped the bowling with three for 49.

Wolmer’s, requiring 217, breathed a sigh of relief when Malik Thompson was put down off the very first ball of the innings. They, however, lost the other opener Amir Dalley for 12, when he was caught and bowled by Shane Cole with the score at 33.

Sadique Henry was next man out for nine when he was bowled by Shaquille Brown to leave the score at 56-2. It later became 62 for three when Malik Thompson holed out to a man in the deep for 27 to give Cole his second wicket.

Hodane Bryce and Suwayne Morrison took the score past the 100-run mark in the 25th over, but Bryce was then bowled by Jerome Barton’s first ball of the 26th over to leave the score at 107 for four, after which Shane Silvera fell in the same over, bowled for two with the score being 112 for five.

Morrison got impatient and hit one in the hands of Terry Blackwood at mid-wicket to end with a topscore of 35 to leave the score at 122 for six. Rain halted proceedings in the 31st over with Wolmer’s at 131 for six still needing another 86 runs.

Play resumed shortly after but it didn’t take Eltham long to wrap things up as Barton removed Shaun Tucker with the score at 135 for seven, Innis then removed Malcolm Whyte with the score at 139.

Barton then took the last two wickets to top the bowling with five for 11, while Shane Cole had two for 40.

Winning coach Oral Simpson said he was proud of his team for meeting the objective of securing the second title.

“I am really elated because the boys have been going through a lot of setbacks throughout the season and I am so proud of what I have seen today from the players of Eltham High school,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Simpson added that the boys are performing really well despite the many games played.

“We are just going to continue playing at our best and see if we can win some more titles which will be good for the institution,” he said.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:42