Campion capture Grace Shield
Campion College are champions of corporate area schoolboy cricket for the first time in 27 years.
Yesterday, they defeated St George's College by six wickets in the ISSA/Grace Shield final, contested over three days at Melbourne Oval.
Final scores: St George's 98 and 225, Campion 158 and 166 for four.
Starting the day on 48 for one, overnight batsmen Saad Ahmad and Neil Johnson added another 12 and 38 runs, respectively, to their overnight scores to finish with 40 and 50 each.
After they fell, Campion were steered to victory by brothers Atishai and Abihjai Mansingh. The two brothers put on 38 for the fourth wicket, which carried Campion to their victory target (166) with more than half a day to spare.
Abihjai led his team's bowling with eight wickets overall, four for 51 in the first innings and four for 68 in the second. He had knocks of 29 and 33 not out. Atishai was 10 not out in the second innings.
Simon Lee was St George's best bowler with two for 49.
Campion's coach, Dwight Stewart, who took over the team just six months ago, said discipline and experience carried them through.
"We played Excelsior in our first game and were nine wickets down, and the guys came back, and from there I saw they had the will to win," he said.
'Abi (Abihjai), Saad (Ahmad) are experienced campaigners for Jamaica. (Dominic) Samuels, Neil (Johnson), really came to the fore today. But these guys have been scoring and doing well from the start of the season," he added.
Winning captain Abihjai Mansingh was at a loss for words, but thought St George's really pushed them all the way.
"The first day we did (play better), but 'George's' did brilliant to come back, but we won the third day and that made the difference. We are happy to get over the line, but 'George's played some great cricket," he commented.
St George's coach, Glendon Coke, said not putting enough runs on the board in their first innings cost them in the long run.
"The 98 (first innings score) was never going to cut it, so we were always under pressure. Also, we wanted to bat into the last day, as the longer you are at the crease, the more runs will come, but that never happened, and we tried to defend the 165," he said.
Campion will now turn their attention to the all island title, where they will face many-time winners and defending champions St Elizabeth Technical over three days, April 14-16, at Melbourne Oval.