STETHS hold slight advantage

Jamaica Observer article.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Former champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) hold a slight advantage at the close of day one in the Grace Headley Cup final in Santa Cruz.

At the close of play, STETHS, who batted after winning the toss, were 67-5 in their second innings after making 164 all out in their first turn at bat. Vere Technical High School replied with 74.

STETHS were made to work hard by steady bowling from Vere. They were in trouble at 57-4 early on, but a 68-run partnership between Shahid Crooks and Dennis McGarvey steadied the innings.

When Crooks departed for a topscore of 60, and with McGarvey going for 35, the STETHS innings fell apart. They were eventually bowled out for 164. Romario Edwards was the chief wicket-taker for Vere with 4 for 26.

Shahid Crooks of STETHS departs the field after being run out for a topscore of 60. Romario Edwards of Vere after leading his team with 4-26 from 12 overs. (PHOTOS: AINSLEY CLARKE)

Vere at their turn at the wicket got off to a poor start. With Thavi Spencer, 12, Fabian Allen, three, all back in the pavilion at 30-6, Vere were in serious problems.

They did not improve their position significantly and were all out for 74. This gave STETHS a first innings lead of 90. Rushane Mannings, Markino Mindley and Kevon Williams took three wickets each.

When STETHS batted a second time, they were in early trouble at 11-1. Four lbw decisions did not help their confidence and they limped to 67-5 at the close, a lead of 157.

Odain McCarty has so far topscored with 24. The not out batsmen are Lintel Barnes, 17, who opened the innings, and Shahid Crooks on nought.

Demus McPherson is the chief wicket-taker for Vere with three. Today's second day should be an interesting one with the game delicately balanced. If Vere's batting line finds form, it could be a day's play worth watching.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 03:17