Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Under-19 pacer, Chris Powell produced a brilliant all-round effort to put Manchester High in a good position to claim at least first-innings honours in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Spalding Cup play-off against Wolmer's at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
Powell, who opened the innings, made a top score of 89 before returning to claim two for 13, as Wolmer's, chasing Manchester's respectable first-innings score of 230, closed the opening day on 29 for two.
The lanky Powell, who is again expected to spearhead Jamaica's bowling attack at this summer's regional Under-19 tournament, slammed 11 fours and two sixes during his enterprising innings.
His opening partner, Oshane McDaniel, with whom he shared a 99-run stand, was Manchester's next best scorer with 29, against left-arm spinner Denniel Griffiths, who took four for 49.
Part-time off-spinner and captain Delbert Gayle, who along with Griffiths bowled 69 overs unchanged at one stage, also got among the wickets with two for 42.
Powell, bowling at a good pace for this level, then dismissed attacking opener Malik Thompson for 19 off seven balls, then took the all-important wicket of Gayle for two to leave Wolmer's in a spot of bother.
Griffith, four not out, and Suwayne Morrison, one not out, will resume batting for the Heroes' Circle-based school when play resumes at 10 this morning on the second of the three-day affair.