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Vere in Headley Cup final

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

Former champions Vere Technical advanced to the 2016 Headley Cup final after easing past Munro College by nine wickets last Friday.

Scores in the two-day semi-final match played at Vere were Munro 95 and 140; Vere Technical 215 and 21 for one.

The Robert Turner-coached Vere Technical have been unbeaten all season and they continued their fine run with another magnificent display. The destroyers on Friday were spinners Romaine Jacobs, with five for 36, and Ryan Burnett, three for 36. Javon Francis (28), David Curtis (25) and Phillip Ebanks (20) were the main contributors for the Malvern-based Munro.

Vere reached 165 for six in reply on the opening day. The second day was delayed by almost two hours due to overnight rain. However, when play was resumed, Vere added a further 50 runs for their last four wickets. Romario Allen made 51 and Javere Bryan 36.

GOOD INNINGS

Knowing that only an outright win was their only hope of advancing, Munro started their second innings on fire as they racked up 35 runs off the first five overs. However, when Vere introduced the spin attack of AndrÈ Stubbs and Burnett, it was a different affair. Stubbs had excellent figures of seven for 61 and Burnett three for 24 as Munro slipped to 140 all out and a 20-run overall lead. Vere easily got past the required runs.

Turner is hoping to turn back defending champions St Elizabeth Technical when both teams meet in the three-day final starting tomorrow at the Jamalco Sports Club.

"It's a great feeling to be in the final as the boys have played very well all season, and we did not expect to win that easily as Munro have been scoring very high all season," Turner said.

He said Vere were very confident they could dethrone St Elizabeth.

"We are looking forward to meeting St Elizabeth Technical as over the years, they have beaten us either at this stage or in the quarter-finals but this time around, we are confident that we can go all the way," Turner said last Friday.