Papine defeat St George's for Grace Shield crown
Previously heralded Papine High copped their first major sports title when they defeated St George's College by 89 runs in the final of the urban area ISSA Grace Shield Under-19 competition at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
The St Andrew-based institution, coached by Shane Brooks, recorded the victory over their Glendon Coke and John Gordon-coached opponents on day two of the scheduled three-day encounter.
Resuming the day on 241 for five for an overall lead of 63 runs after bowling out St George's for 168 in their first innings, Papine, who finished the season unbeaten, went on to post an impressive 384 for nine declared in their first innings.
Sporting a 216 runs lead Papine then returned to bowl out St George's for 127 in their second innings. St George's in losing were denied their first hold on the coveted crown in 22 years.
Spearheading the batting effort of Papine was captain and national Under-19 representative, Andre Bailey, who carried on from his overnight 42 to post 104.
Kishawn Graham with 34 supported Bailey. Openers Raymond Hall 57 and Orande Pearson 46 made most runs for the victors on day one.
Opener and national youth player, Kirk McKenzie, bowling part-time off-spin, claimed three for 106 for the losers.
Batting a second time, St George's were dismissed courtesy of off-spinner Pearson, who claimed six for 46 and Rahawn Riley three for 28.
Papine will now play the winner of the rural area Grace Headley Cup for the all-island Grace Spalding Cup crown.