St George's top 'A' League
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
St George's College copped their first major cricket title in 15 years when they defeated Mona High by an innings and 79 runs in the final of the urban area ISSA/First Global 'A' League at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
Resuming on 167 for three on yesterday's second and final day of the encounter, the champions went on to post 279 in their first innings in reply to Mona's 134, posted on the first day.
Captain Russell Lee, who was 57 not out overnight, went on to top score with 71, and Shandy Blair got 68 for St George's against Mona's Dean Martin, three for 47, and Kadeen Miller, two for 45.
With a lead of 145, St George's then went on to dismiss Mona for 66 in their second innings.
Pacers Blair and Christoff Young ended with figures of four for 20 and three for 22, respectively, for St George's.
Winning coach Glendon Coke, who is in his second season with the North Street-based school, was all smiles following the contest.
Long wait for title
"I think we played the best cricket throughout the season and are today deserving winners," he said.
"Our performance was not 100 per cent in this game, but I thought that once they had allowed us to take first innings that was it.
"It's been a while since the school has won a cricket title ... so it feels good to finally pull it off," he explained.
Mona coach Owen Speid, whose team was losing a final for the third time in the last five years, said his team tried hard.
"Having lost first innings we knew it would be difficult to come back. But we tried and I am proud of the boys for that," he said.
Both finalists will, next season, compete in the ISSA/Grace Shield. They will now turn their attention to the semi-finals of that competition, which bowls off this weekend.