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Meadowbrook top 'A' League

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Meadowbrook High defeated Tarrant High by 22 runs to capture the 2010 ISSA/First Global Bank 'A' League cricket competition at Melbourne Oval on Friday.

In a close and exciting final, the champions made 198 in their first innings and 72 in the second, and Tarrant, in reply, were bowled out for 163 and 87.

Resuming the day on 54-4, and still needing another 145 runs to claim first innings, which could have decided the match, Tarrant fell short by 35 runs thanks to inspired bowling performances from national Under-19 pacer, Jermaine Cole, 3-50, off-spinner Oshane Walker, 3-75, and medium pacer Raymond Thompson, 2-26.

Batting a second time, and looking to make the game safe, Meadowbrook however faltered, and after being at 32-7 at one stage were bowled out thanks to off-spinner Oshane McKenzie, 3-13, Matthew Cranston, 2-4, and Omarie Williams 2-14.

Ferron Johnson, 23, and Navarone Forbes, 16, who shared in a valuable 40-run tenth wicket stand, led the way for Meadowbrook.

Accurate bowling

Set at a manageable 109 to win after tea, Tarrant came up short thanks to some accurate bowling from Thompson, 6-31, Cole 2-25, and Walker 2-29. Kenroy Nembhard, 39, made most runs for Tarrant.

"It was a performance worthy of a champion. There were twists and turns and it really took a championship effort to prevail in the end," said Meadowbrook co-coach Donat Gordon.

"The coaching and management staff and the whole school fraternity believed that though we were down we could have pulled it off and in the end we did. It is the first time since 1986 that we are winning a cricket competition and I am extremely happy," he added.

Tarrant's coach, Recardo Bryan, while praising Meadowbrook, said his team made too many unnecessary mistakes.

"It was a well played final between two good teams. In the end it is the team who wanted it most won, and on the day Meadowbrook wanted it most," he said.

"We made some simple mistakes that could have been avoided. But we have the semi-finals of the Premier League to play and the knockout so we are hoping to bounce back," he added