KC too strong for St George's
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Kingston College (KC) took bragging rights and maximum points against North Street rivals St. George's College after they defeated their arch-rivals by 51 runs in their Zone A Grace Shield cricket encounter last week.
The result gave the Robert Samuels-coached KC a win and a draw from three games. They only lost the points against Excelsior High because they showed up without IDs.
Batting first, KC posted 103 all out, with Romario Hanchard leading the way with 21 runs. Simon Lee was St George's top bowler, with an impressive eight for 21.
In reply, St George's were brushed aside for 52 runs. Christophe Virgo led the bowling for KC with figures of five for 12, while Kevon Bartley took three for 10.
In the other Zone A game, Tarrant shocked St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) by one wicket. Tarrant scored a paltry 76 for nine wickets and then returned to bowl out STATHS for 70 to win.
Meanwhile, Spanish Town and Ardenne High put themselves in pole position to advance from Zone D after important wins against Pembroke Hall and defending champions Eltham High, respectively.
Surprise package Ardenne turned back Eltham by seven wickets, bowling out their Spanish Town opponents for 104, before Junior Robinson (33) and Damani Beckford (28) helped them to 108 for four. Ardenne's Malcolm Fisher top scored with 47 runs.
In the group's other game, Spanish Town, with 38 each from Romaine Crawford and Diston Mullings, scored 158 all out. Impressive bowling figures from Mullings (five for nine) and Duke Reid (four for 17) then saw them rout Pembroke Hall for 64, to secure a 94-run win.
Spanish Town have now won three straight, while Ardenne have two wins and a draw. Eltham, meanwhile, have a one win, one draw and a loss.
Eltham now need to win their next game against Spanish Town tomorrow if they intend on making the second-round and defend their title. Ardenne play lowly Jonathan Grant in their next game tomorrow and could edge closer to a second-round berth with a win.
Over in Zone B, Wolmer's Boys' moved closer to a second-round spot after a seven-wicket win over main challenger St Jago. Joel Battick then took five for 25 as they dismissed St Jago for 124. Shane Silvera then led the batting for the Heroes' Circle-based school with 78 not out, as they scored 127 for four.
Back In Contention
The Wolmerians now have two wins and a draw from their three games, while St Jago, with a win and a loss, need to beat Waterford tomorrow to get back in contention.
In another Zone B game, Norman Manley, which drew their first two matches, cruised to a 10-wicket win over Waterford to also boost their chances of a second-round berth.
Waterford batted first and posted 91 all out. Owen Campbell was the pick of the bowlers for Norman Manley, bagging five wickets for nine runs, with six maidens. In reply, Norman Manley lost one wicket for 93 runs, with Steve Douglas making 48 runs.
The tournament continues today with Calabar playing Meadowbrook and Holy Trinity taking on Innswood in Zone C.
In Zone B, Papine host Wolmer's tomorrow, and St Jago play Waterford on Friday. While in Zone D, Jamaica College play Ardenne, Eltham oppose Spanish Town and Pembroke Hall go up against Tivoli Gardens tomorrow.