Outright wins give Calabar, St Catherine lead
Calabar High and St Catherine High posted outright wins to move into pole position for the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Grace Shield cricket final.
St Catherine beat Ardenne by eight wickets to move to the top of Group E with seven points from two matches, while Calabar defeated Spanish Town to now top Group F with seven points from two games. However, in Group F, St George's College (seven), Calabar and St Jago (six) are engulfed in a three-way battle for top honours.
Both St Catherine and Calabar had lost first innings points in their first game, leaving the two teams with just one point each. However, they turned things around dramatically on the weekend, both taking maximum six points.
The Wayne Morgan-coached team bowled out Ardenne for 127, with Aldane Mundle taking five wickets. They then posted 236 for six declared, thanks to 103 not out from Keneil Holness. Batting a second time, Ardenne posted 117 all out, leaving St Catherine with a 12-run target. They overhauled the small deficit, losing two wickets.
St Catherine now need to win their last game at Campion to advance.
"We have one mission, and that is to go for a outright win. Campion have no chance to qualify, so I expect them to play an open game," Morgan reasoned.
In the group's other game, Papine took first innings off Campion, after the teams came in tied on three points. Campion posted 246 all out, thanks to Atishai Mansingh (63) and Abihjai Mansingh (60). Shemar Edwards was Papine's top bowler with four for 62.
Papine replied with 265 all out to take the crucial first innings points. Sutherland led the way with the bat, smashing 98 not out, and Romario Lynch also made 83. Abihjai Mansingh took six for 67.
Papine have six points, Campion four and Ardenne one.
In Group F, Calabar joined St George's at the summit on seven points after a 124-run win.
Calabar made 218 all out, with Horay Richards making 58, Kobe Henry 45 and Johane Nelson 40. Shamari Calvert claimed a hat-trick and finished with three for four. In reply, Spanish Town were bowled out for 159, with Romaine Crawford top-scoring with 42.
Jordan Gentles took five for 24 runs, and Mario Lobban three for 32.
Calabar batted a second time and made 197. Orane Blake top-scored with 34. Mullings grabbed five for 31. Needing 250 to win, Spanish Town could only muster 142.
In the group's other game, St George's laboured to 146 all out and 167 for four, drawing with St Jago, 259 for nine declared.