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Innswood confident after day one

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer
Rajay Simpson (left) of St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) plays a defensive stroke on yesterday's opening day of the ISSA Spalding Cup playoff at the STETHS Sports Complex.

Western Bureau:

Kirk Gordon, coach of ISSA/Grace Shield champions Innswood High, is confident his team can lift the ISSA Spalding Cup this year after a good first day at the St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) Sports Complex yesterday. Headley Cup winners STETHS were struggling on 141 for six when rain forced an early end to the day's play.

"This title has eluded us on three separate occasions before when we were beaten by STETHS. We know what happened in the first three, so now, we are really focused as we want to turn the tables this time around," Gordon said after play yesterday.


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"We came here mindful of the fact that the rural teams normally dominate, but if you remember, Papine defeated this STETHS team easily last year. We came here with the same intention because we have been playing some very good cricket," added Gordon.

Clive Ledgister, coach of STETHS, said despite the poor start, he believes his young team has what it takes to reclaim the title.

"Games against Innswood have always been tough and intense. These are two champion teams, so we expect it. I believe the team that is mentally tough will come out victorious, and I trust my guys, even though they are pretty young," Legister said.

Andre McCarthy is the top scorer so far for STETHS, with 35. West Indies Under-19 player Jeavor Royal has taken three of the six wickets to fall.