STETHS capture another Spalding Cup title

Friday, April 20, 2018

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) regained the ISSA GraceKennedy Financial Group Spalding Cup title after taking first-innings honours in the drawn play-off match against Innswood High at STETHS field.

Yesterday Innswood closed on 88-6 in their second innings, chasing an improbable 252 in the final session of the rain-affected contest.

Scores: STETHS 165 (72.2 overs) & 216 (70.3 overs); Innswood 130 (45.2 overs) & 88-6 (23 overs).

STETHS, many-time winners of the Spalding Cup play-off — which symbolises all-island schoolboy cricket supremacy — proved the stronger of the two teams over the three days.

STETHS Captain Roberto Simpson was delighted with the victory.

“I'm feeling wonderful winning the Spalding Cup because it's my first year as captain; congrats to the team and well played to Innswood,” he told the Jamaica Observer in a post-match interview.

Jeavor Royal, the Innswood skipper, lamented his team's sloppy display in the field that aided STETHS first-innings recovery from 96-6 to 165.

“It's a disappointing feeling; I think we dropped about seven catches in the first innings and I think that cost us in the end,” Royal told the Observer.

Earlier yesterday, resuming their first innings from an overnight score of 123-8, Innswood lost their remaining wickets for the addition of only seven runs.

Carlos Brown led the way with 42, with support coming from Mark James (24) and skipper Royal (22).

No other Innswood batsman passed 15 runs as they collapsed from relative comfort at 103-3.

Off-spinner Roberto Simpson ended with outstanding figures of 6-15 from 11 overs and two balls.

Batting a second time, STETHS approached the innings with patience, knowing they had first-innings advantage, and built a substantial target.

Number five batsman Nigel Palmer made 51, while Andre McCarthy, who went to the middle at the fall of the first wicket, contributed 44. The two added 65 for the fourth wicket.

Left-hand opener Romario Moxam struck 26 to help build a platform for the batsmen to follow.

Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Royal took 4-62 from 30 overs to tally 10 wickets in the match. Off-spinner Brown grabbed 2-55.

Innswood's run chase never got going, though regular number three batsman Brown was promoted to open and Royal moved up from five to number three.

Royal (12) attempted a big heave off pacer McCarthy and was caught by Odane Thompson at long on.

Brown was bowled by McCarthy for 22 as the Innswood flame was completed doused. Number four batsman Najay Williams top-scored with 35 not out against McCarty who finished with 4-30 from seven overs.

— Sanjay Myers

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