Innswood, KC promise thriller
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
If confidence is anything to go by, then today's clash in the final of the urban area Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Jamaica International Insurance Company (JIIC) Limited Overs Knockout between Innswood High and Kingston College (KC) at Melbourne Oval, beginning at 10 a.m., should be a thriller.
The two schools have exhibited contrasting forms this season. Innswood, who recently captured their first hold on the Grace Shield league title, will be seeking to cop the coveted double while KC, which have failed to win a major cricketing title since 1999, will be seeking to recapture memories of their glory days.
"We are going to play our style of cricket, which is positive cricket, and once we do that, we should come out on top," said Innswood coach, Kirk Gordon, whose charges are the only remaining unbeaten team in the urban area this season.
"We are aware of what Akeem Dewar can do, but we are not going into the game with that on our mind as we have a well-rounded team, which should be able to rally should we find ourselves in difficulties," he added.
Dewar, a leg-spinner who missed the first part of the season due to his participation with the West Indie4s Under-19 team at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Youth World Cup in New Zealand, made his first-class debut for Jamaica in the just-concluded Supreme Ventures Sports Betting (SVSB) Jamaica Cricket Festival. He recently returned to the KC team and is expected to play a key role in the match.
In the semi-final, he took four for 27 and made 30 against St George's College to guide KC to an easy eight-wicket win.
"Expect KC to turn up and try all that we can to win the game. Innswood is one of the strongest in the Corporate Area, but that alone won't win a match," said Dewar.
"They will have to come and play tomorrow and if KC turn up right on the day, we can beat any team," he added.
Leading the charge
Innswood, who thrashed Eltham by nine wickets in their semi-final, will look to inspirational captain and opener, Oraine Williams, top-order batsmen Peat Salmon and Kemar Foster, pacer Michail Powell and leg-spinner Jermaine Bennett to lead their charge.
Williams is averaging over 60 runs in all competitions, including 285 against Wolmer's in the semi-finals of the Grace Shield, while Salmon and Foster have two centuries to their name, including highest scores of 125 not out and 110 not out, respectively.
Powell, in the meanwhile, whose slinging action has proved to be a handful in virtually every match the Old Harbour Road-based school has played, has 32 wickets in 10 matches, three less than Bennett, who is the team's leading wicket taker with 35.
KC, who lost to Innswood in the first round of the Grace Shield in the absence of Dewar, will look to captain and opener, Jevaughn Buchannan, who has a top score of 98 not out to his name, and batsman Christopher Harrison, who has so far conjured up two half-centuries to help take them to the title.