Quartet claim first innings points in Grace Shield semi-finals
First innings advantage was the difference between the teams, as the semi-final round of the ISSA Grace Shield competition got under way last Thursday, with all four games ending in a draw.
In Group E, Papine High and Campion College outplayed St Catherine and Ardenne, respectively, while in Group F, St Jago and St George's topped Calabar and Spanish Town High.
Papine posted 214 all out in their first innings, with Romario Lynch top-scoring with 83 runs and Dillon Sutherland contributing 51 against Krishawn Givan, five for 59, for St Catherine.
In reply, Keneil Holness top-scored with 58 to help Papine to 183 all out. Sutherland was the pick of the bowlers for St Catherine, with three for 36, and he was well supported by Shamar Edwards, three for 49.
Papine made 138 all out
Batting a second time, Papine made 138 all out, with Lynch leading the charge with 45. St Catherine were 113 for five when the game was called off.
In the group's other game, Neil Johnson slammed a century (116) as Campion put on 331 for six for their first innings total. In reply, Ardenne were bowled out for 165, which meant they had to follow-on. Batting a second time, Ardenne amassed 198 for eight.
In Group F, St George's College held off Spanish Town to take the advantage. St George's batted first and made 150 all out, with 35 from Andrew Thompson, 31 from Kirk McKenzie and 30 from Simon Lee. Duke Reid took four for 78 and Gifton Mullings five for 31 for Spanish Town.
When Spanish Town batted, they posted 115 all out, with Mullings scoring 40 runs. Lee bagged four for 45, McKenzie three for 31 and Thompson three for 34.
When St George's returned to the crease, they piled up 257 for eight, with McKenzie making 57 and Kimani Wilson 51 not out. Mullings bagged four for 89. And despite Omari Green's unbeaten 60, Spanish Town found it tough against the McKenzie-led bowling attack, with the bowler taking a hat-trick in his seven for 17, as Spanish Town were bowled out for 150.
At St Jago, Calabar batted first and made 152 all out, with Bryan Brown ending on 80 not out. Sachin Taylor had three for 31 and Tajaun Morgan two for 16. St Jago then posted 162 all out to take first innings points by 10 runs. Dushane Carthy top-scored with 33, as Martin Lobby took four for 24 and Shaman Davis two for 37.
Campion and Papine share the lead atop Group E with three points, while St Catherine and Ardenne are bottom with a point each. In Group F, St Jago and St George's lead with three points and Spanish Town and Calabar at the bottom with one point each.