Gayle guides Wolmer's to urban-area double
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Former national Under-19 representative Delbert Gayle produced yet another brilliant all-round performance to guide Wolmer's to a six-wicket win over St Jago High in the final of the ISSA/Jamaica International Insurance Company Knockout cricket competition at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
Gayle cracked an unbeaten 86 and claimed two for 21 with his off spin as Wolmer's, set 179 to win off a maximum 50 overs, cruised to their target at 180 for six off 27 overs.
The victory, which resulted in wild celebrations among supporters of the winning team, gave Wolmer's' the coveted urban-area cricket double, which has eluded them for more than 40 years.
"It's a wonderful feeling at this time, as to win not once, but twice this season is more than just reward," said Wolmer's coach and former national player Wayne Cuff.
"We knew after winning the Grace Shield last week it would not be easy, as St Jago must be a competent team to reach the final.
"But to first bowl them out for a manageable total and then pace ourselves shows that the players are learning, and we hope the trend will continue next week in the all-island Spalding Cup."
Taking first strike, St Jago had Hadane Bryce, 59, and André Fowler, 54, to thank for their respectable total. Pacers Hakeem Williams and Suwayne Morrison, who both snared two for 35, were Wolmer's next best bowlers.
"Wolmer's played the better cricket today and deserved to win," said St Jago coach, Winston 'Joe' Spencer. "But I am not entirely disappointed with my team's performance this season. It's my last season with the team and I thought they improved as we progressed."