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STETHS aim to oust Tacky

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer

The Grace/ISSA Headley Cup semi-finals bowl off today with defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) taking on Tacky at Chedwin Park and Manchester High, up against Holmwood at the STETHS ground in Santa Cruz.

Both games begin at 10 a.m., but the semi-final format sees a slight change from the previous round, where only one innings was used. Action will be two days, involving a second innings.

The champions are overwhelming favourites to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions this season. All their games have been decided in one day's play only, with Munro's (first round) total of 160 by far the most any team has scored against them.

Both their batting and bowling are in the hands of National junior players. Four of their front line batsmen - Desmond Jones. Sheldon Powell, Brian Gayle and Krishna Samuels - have centuries under their belts.

Pacer Nicholson Gordon and the spin pair of Donovan Nelson and Cassius Burton Jr. are the team's most successful bowlers.

Tacky, like Charlemont in the one-day competition that STETHS won, are in the semis for the first time.

STETHS, according to their coach, Clive Legister, do not expect too many problems, except for the contribution of that team's best known player, John Campbell.

"Our destiny is in our own hands; we are well prepared," said Legister. "We have not seen Tacky, but we are aware they have one good player in John Campbell. But I don't see why we shouldn't make the final, if we go out there and play positive cricket."

Manchester are in prime form to make their second final this season. They have got the measure of parish mates Holmwood Technical in recent seasons and even beat them on their home in Christiana earlier in the preliminary round.