Eltham, STETHS draw battle lines in T20 Super Eight
Jamaica Observer article.
Kingston, Jamaica - St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Eltham High will renew their rivalry when they face off in Zone One Super Eight action of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty20 competition at Up Park Camp today.
Eltham High, having already copped two Urban Area titles, have some versatility within their young squad and will be gunning to topple their more illustrious opponents after claiming a hard-fought two-run victory over Cross Keys High in their first game.
STETHS, the perennial schoolboy kingpins, are favoured to cop what would be their fourth title of the season and have already made their intentions known after trouncing St Jago High by 62 runs last weekend.
When the two teams last met in the ISSA Grace Spalding Cup in St Elizabeth, the hosts came out victorious inside three days, after bowling down Eltham for 50 and 106, respectively. But with both teams playing on neutral ground and drawing swords for the first time in this version of the game, patrons can expect some fiery action on the day.
The second game at the venue will see Zone Two leaders Manchester High going up against Wolmer's in a game that should also pack some punch. Manchester began the competition with a banging 90-run win over Excelsior at home, while Wolmer's continue to struggle with inconsistency as they went down by 56 runs to Vere Technical.
Meanwhile, the other Zone One teams St Jago High and Cross Keys High will be all the rage when they meet each other in the featured game at Vere Technical as they both seek to bounce back and keep alive their chances of winning the tournament.
The St Catherine-based St Jago, to be led by Andre Fowler, will have to make substantial improvement on their last performance if they are to get the better of West Indies Under-19 representative Tristan Coleman and his Cross Keys team out of South Manchester.
The early game at the venue will see a solid Vere Technical outfit who are currently in second place in Zone Two, going up against a fairly young Excelsior team who will be fighting for survival.