Vere Tech crush XLCR by 158 runs in T20

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Fabian Allen smashed an unbeaten century in leading his Vere Technical team to a resounding 158-run victory over Excelsior High in Zone Two of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty20 competition at Vere Technical yesterday.

Allen's innings was laced with seven fours and 12 big sixes on his way to 118 not out, as Vere Technical piled up a daunting 211 from their 20 overs, before uprooting their young Excelsior opponents for 53 in under 17 overs.

Scores: Vere Technical 211-5 off 20 overs; Excelsior 53 all out off 16.4 overs.

Vere won the toss and, having decided to take first strike on a hard batting surface, were playing off the backfoot as Randre Christie was first man out when he played a delivery back into the hands of bowler Orande Pearson for six with the score at 14.

Pearson grabbed his second wicket when he had Thavi Spencer caught for nine with the score at 33.

Ryan Burnett joined Rohan Ferguson in the middle and the two took the score to 60, before Burnett was caught behind by wicketkeeper Shamarae Lindo off the bowling of Keanu Marr for 12. Ferguson was then joined by Allen and the two formed a stroke-filled partnership of 81 that laid the foundation for the host, before Ferguson got his stump disturbed by off-spinner Raewin Senior for 40 to leave the score at 141 for four.

David Lewis came and went for a one-ball duck when he was bowled by Keneal Green with the score at 142 for five.

Allen continued his one-man show, hitting five big boundaries off the last over to end unbeaten. Romario Edwards was also not out on five, as captain Pearson topped the bowling with two for 65.

Ryan Burnett bagged four for nine in restricting Excelsior High to 53 all out in the 17th over, as the batsmen failed to spark. Burnett was supported by Lasana Turner, who took two for 19.

West Indies Under-19 representative Tristan Coleman clobbered an unbeaten 74 from 38 balls to lead Cross Keys High to an eight-wicket win over St Jago High in Zone One action, which was the second game at the venue.

Scores: St Jago 101-9 off 20 overs; Cross Keys 102-2 from 12.1 overs.

St Jago's batting limped to their total which saw Sachin Taylor topscoring with 24, as Miguel Smith led the bowling with three for 19.

In reply skipper Coleman played a mature innings laced with six fours and six sixes in carrying his team to its target, losing only two wickets.

The competition continues next week with matches at St Elizabeth Technical and St Jago, respectively.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:43