Innswood rule again
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Innswood High defeated Kingston College (KC) by 197 runs in the final of the ISSA/Jamaica International Insurance Company Knockout at Melbourne Oval yesterday to crown them-selves undisputed champions of urban area cricket.
The boys from Old Harbour Road, St Catherine, who were winning the title for a third successive year, came out on top after posting a challenging 284 for six off their allotted 50 overs.
Shane Pusey, 105 not out, and captain Terrence Brown, 95, made most runs for the Kirk Gordon-coached team. Romario Hanchard, four for 55, and Chris Lynch, two for 34, were the leading wicket-takers for the losers.
Too hot to handle
In their response, KC found the bowling of left-arm spinner Stephan Casey and leg-spinner Ackeem McLaren too hot to handle and were dismissed for 87.
Casey claimed four for 15 and McLaren three for 32 as opener Tevon Campbell, 29, and Oshane Wright, 20, made most runs for KC.
"To win the coveted league and knockout double for a third year in a row really means a lot for the school," said skipper Brown.
"We lost a number of players from last year's unit, and many did not think we would have come through again.
"However, thanks to the junior players who stepped up, we were able to pull it off."
He added: "The aim now is to go down to St Elizabeth Technical and compete for three days in the Spalding Cup play-off, and hopefully come out on top after two previous failed attempts.
KC's captain, Jevaughn Buchanan, expressed his disappointment.
"We are disappointed as it is the second time in three years that we are losing in the final of the knockout," he said.
"But that's how it goes at times. We had the match to win as we started off pretty well with them being at 13 for three at one stage.
"However, we unfortunately dropped a couple of catches off Pusey and Brown and they went on to put on a big fourth-wicket stand, which made it difficult for us."