STETHS in charge of Headley Cup final
Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Defending Headley Cup champions, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), made a dream start towards reclaiming their crown, dazzling Manchester High with both bat on ball on the first day of their ISSA/Grace schoolboy cricket final in Santa Cruz.
Led by their battery of spinners, who took nine of the 10 wickets to fall, the champions bowled out Manchester for 171 in 80.1 overs. Openers Terry Holness and Odane McCarthy then turned on the heat in the hour and a half they batted, stroking the team to 100 without loss.
Earlier, national Under-19 off-spinner Horane Linton snared five for 33; his captain and fellow Jamaica spinning partner, leggie Donovan Nelson, had two for 36; and part-timer Brian Gayle preened himself with two for eight to demolish the Manchester batting.
Manchester won the toss and elected to bat but have now left themselves with a mountain to climb, after squandering a promising start on a decent batting surface that held no terrors throughout day, and offered little assistance to the faster bowlers.
Oshane Walters' 31 pushed them to 71 for two. But it was disaster after lunch, before a rearguard action in the form of a brilliant 77-run eighth-wicket partnership steered Manchester to a seemingly respectable total.
Even with the loss of Walters for 31 at 72 for three, Manchester had gone into lunch at 88 for three with thoughts of making in excess of 200.
However, with the addition of just one run, they capitulated to 89 for seven, as Linton's three-wicket burst, in tandem with Nelson (one wicket), put STETHS firmly in the driver's seat.
Manchester had to desperately rely on the resilience of No. 8 and 9 batsmen, Jerome Foster, who got 34, and Kashane McDaniel (37).