Favourites STETHS make winning start in T20 Super Eight

Jamaica Observer article.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Favourites St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) got off to a winning start in the Super Eight of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty20 after trouncing St Jago High by 62 runs at the Manchester High field, yesterday.

STETHS, the perennial schoolboy kingpins, restricted St Catherine-based 'Jago' for 73-9 off 20 overs after batting first and making 135-7.

Scores: STETHS 135-7 (20 overs); St Jago 73-9 (20 overs)

The STETHS coach, Clive Ledgister, told the Sunday Observer he is "satisfied with how the team played" in windy conditions and on an uneven batting surface.

St Jago assistant coach, David Harrison, insisted there is "always room for improvement" and added that his players will have to "take the positives" from the loss.

In the second encounter at the venue, Manchester High brushed aside Excelsior High by 90 runs.

Manchester had first strike and amassed 206-5 off their allotted 20 overs and kept urban area team Excelsior to 116-7. Scores: Manchester 206-5 (20 overs); Excelsior 116-7 (20 overs).

Earlier, the rural area champions STETHS faltered after a stand of 62 runs between openers Odain McCatty and Jevoy Spencer. McCatty was dominant against some initial loose bowling, hitting 45 off 24 balls, while Spencer contributed eight.

The confident-looking McCatty, who hit three sixes and as many fours, was bowled by off-spinner Andre Fowler. Without the addition of a run, Spencer was also bowled by off-spinner Sachin Taylor. Thereafter, STETHS lost their way as the St Jago slower bowlers, in particular, aided by several deliveries keeping low, held a tight grip on proceedings. Number six batsman Rushane Manning was the next highest scorer with 17.

Fowler led the bowling with 3-20, while wrist-spinner Johneel Walker had 2-18 and Taylor ended with 2-22.

In reply, St Jago's innings was wrecked by a flurry of run-outs.

Number six batsman Dushane Carty led the way with 21 not out. Harris, the St Jago opener, who was one of four batsmen run-out, added 19. Manning, the STETHS wrist-spinner, took 2-14.

In the day's second game, Manchester's big total was built on opener Orain Walter's 62 and middle-order batsman Christopher Powell's undefeated 55.

With a feeble batting response, Excelsior never looked like seriously challenging the target. Left-hander Orlando Rowe, who batted at number five, led the chase with 30, while opening batsman Orando Pearson made 25. Raymond Hall made 25 not out.

For Manchester High, off-spinner Brad Barnes took 2-26. The Super Eight comprises the stronger teams in urban and rural area schoolboy cricket and is played across two zones.

Both zones consist of four teams with the top two in each advancing to the semi-finals on May 24. The final is slated for May 31.

The Super Eight stage of the competition continues Saturday with four scheduled matches at two venues.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 03:58