Papine hold edge in Grace Shield final
Minnows Papine High are in a good position to cop their first ever urban area ISSA Grace Shield Under-19 title after capturing first innings honours over favourites St George’s College in the final at the Melbourne Oval yesterday.
Winning the toss and inserting their opponents, Papine bowled out St George’s for 168 before closing the day on 241 for five. This is for an overall lead of 63 runs heading into tomorrow's second and penultimate day.
The Shane Brooks coached Papine, who are contesting their first final, were led in the field by off-spinner, Orande Pearson.
Jamaica Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 representative claimed five for 54 and was ably supported by left-arm spinner Rashawn Lee, two for 21.
National Under 17 opener Kirk McKenzie, with 48, and Grendon Seymour, 46 not out, made most runs for the Georgians.
Papine then wrestled control of the match courtesy of a solid opening stand of 84 from Raymond Hall and Pearson.
The left-handed Hall in a boundary-filled innings scored 57, while Pearson, who unleashed a series of straight drives, tallied 46.
Number three batsman Romaine Lynch, another national youth representative, thereafter mellowed with a stroke filled 61 to be their top scorer so far.
Play is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 10am.