Champs Eltham make good start
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Champions Eltham High, Wolmer's Boys and Norman Manley High, all claimed wins on first innings in their drawn ISSA/Grace Shield Premier League semi-final round two-day fixtures, which ended on Thursday.
Eltham, who are seeking to cop the title for a sixth straight year, got the better of St Catherine; Wolmer's were too good for Tarrant; and Norman Manley showed their class against A League champions Meadowbrook.
The home team, after being dismissed for a paltry 114 on the first day, recovered to bowl out St Catherine for 49 early on Thursday.
Leading the way for Eltham were off-spinners Kieno-Paul Sailsman, who grabbed 5-28, and Joseph Dennie, 3-11.
Batting a second time, Eltham reached 116-6 when stumps were drawn. Osani Ricketts, 51, and Maurice Walker, 37, were the leading scorers against off-spinner Akieno Gayle, 3-32. Left-arm spinner, Coi Thompson, 8-23, had earlier limited Eltham on day one.
At Elletson Road:
Wolmer's resumed the day on 171-3 in search of Tarrant's 243 and after achieving their target, were bowled out for 320.
Che-Andre Gordon, 78, Charles Tufton, 41, and Jordaine Hunter, 42, led the scoring for Wolmer's against off-spinners Odane McKenzie, 5-94, and Ryan Edwards, 3-34.
At Maxfield Park:
Norman Manley first made 304-8 declared, and Meadowbrook, after resuming yesterday on 14-1 were dismissed for 214.
Norman Manley, batting a second time, reached 33-3 when stumps were drawn.
The competition will continue next week Tuesday and Wednesday, with St Catherine hosting Norman Manley, Meadowbrook at home to Eltham, Wolmer's playing away to Excelsior, and Tarrant entertaining Innswood.
The semi-final round of eight teams is divided in two groups of four, with the winners of each group slated to advance to the final.