Manning Cup keeper sets up Grace Shield win for JC
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Following their impressive 105-run victory over former winners Innswood High to kick off the ISSA/Grace Shield cricket competition last Thursday, Jamaica College (JC) will try to follow that up with win number two when they take on Holy Trinity in their second game at their Old Hope Road-based institution this morning.
Jamaica College's Manning Cup goalkeeper, Courtney Dowdie, led the batting for the 'Dark Blues' in the opener, smashing 73 against Innswood. He received good support from Jason Tapper, who blasted 63 in their total of 210 for five wickets.
Dishayne Robinson was Innswood's top scorer with 34 runs, as his team was bowled out for 105.
Innswood coach Kirk Gordon noted that this was the first Innswood were losing an opening game, and he faulted his players for gifting JC the win, because they dropped a catch off Dowdie, when he was on 23, and then wasted a great opportunity to run out the batsman on 31. Tapper was also dropped on 13 runs.
"I didn't think the JC team had that type of score in them at the start, but it was mainly because we dropped some simple catches," he insisted.
In the other Group C games, Calabar High eased past Holy Trinity by six wickets after declaring at 154 for five, before bowling out their opponents for 47. Mario Labbon and Johane Nelson led the scoring for Calabar with 45 and 42 runs, respectively, while Jordan Gentles was the pick of the bowlers with seven for 13.
The other game between St Catherine High and Meadowbrook ended in a comfortable 122-run win for St Catherine, whose Trichon Givon had a game-high 52 runs and four wickets for six runs. St Catherine posted 148, they blew away Meadowbrook for 26 all out.
In Group B games on Friday, Wolmer's Boys' posted a massive 247 for seven declared, before skittling out Waterford for a meagre 48 runs. Deneil Griffiths was Wolmer's and the game's top run-getter with 80 runs.
The game between Norman Manley and Papine ended in a draw, with Papine, replying to Norman Manley's 187 all out, posting 103 for two at the end of the day's play. Peter Williams of Norman Manley posted 52 runs.
In Group A matches, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) went down by four wickets to St George's College. Andrew Thompson was the main destroyer for St George's, taking seven for 30 runs to bowl out St Andrew for 130. In reply, St George's put on 133 for five, with Gavin Ricketts top scoring with 44.
In the group's other game, Campion College and Excelsior had to settle for a draw after Excelsior made 153 for nine, in chase of Campion's 164 all out. Excelsior's 14-year-old batsman, Okarachie Brown, led Excelsior's batting with 39 not out.
The competition continues today. In Group C, Jamaica College play Holy Trinity at JC, and Meadowbrook entertain Innswood at Meadowbrook.
In Group A, STATHS play Campion College at STATHS, and Excelsior tackle Kingston College at Mountain View Avenue.
Meanwhile, Group D teams will bow into action tomorrow with champions Eltham High opening against Pembroke Hall at Eltham, Ardenne playing Tivoli High at Ardenne and Spanish Town taking on Jonathan Grant in the other game.