Wolmer's hunt double in limited overs final
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Grace Shield champions Wolmer's Boys' will today seek to cop the coveted urban area double, when they face St Jago High in the final of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Jamaica International Insurance Company (JIIC) cricket knockout competition at Melbourne Oval today.
Wolmer's will enter the game as favourites after recording a convincing nine-wicket win over former champions Eltham High in the final of the Grace Shield last week.
"I don't know much about St Jago, but we prepared well for this match," said Wolmer's coach, Wayne Cuff.
"The boys are also confident, having played so well in the final (Grace Shield), and I believe this will put us in good stead of coming out on top once again," he added.
The boys from the Heroes' Circle-based institution, who are also down to play Manchester High in the all-island Spalding Cup, were led to victory in the Grace Shield on the back of an outstanding all-round effort from national Under-19 representative, Delbert Gayle.
The Kensington representative slammed an unbeaten 174 and claimed seven for 94 with his off-spin.
He also got valuable support from left-arm spinner, Denniel Griffith, who claimed five for 43 and three for 30.
Wolmer's will primarily bank their hopes on the duo again, as they seek to brush aside St Jago, who while being underdogs, are more than capable of pulling off an upset.
Coached by the longstanding Winston 'Joe' Spencer, St Jago have in their line-up, players who have scored centuries so far this season, including captain Oshane Thompson and Andre Fowler. Other St Jago players who could influence the game are fast bowler Hodane Lewis and wicketkeeper batsman Odane Bryce.
"I believe any number can play and my boys are prepared to give it their all," said Spencer.
"Our batting is very good and it is our strength, while our bowling is good enough to back us up."
St Jago defeated Mona by four wickets in the semi-finals, while Wolmer's got the better of Eltham by 10 runs in the other semi-final game.
Match time is 10 a.m.