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Manchester, Eltham in semi-finals

Published:Wednesday | May 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Manchester High and Eltham High booked the last two semi-final spots in the ISSA/Digicel National Twenty20, contrasting wins over St Jago and Vere, respectively.

Eltham won by five wickets at Chedwin Park and Manchester registered a one-run triumph at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).

Set a modest 106 to win, Eltham cruised to victory at 106 for five Ramone Francis, 40, led the way. He was supported by Dushane Patterson (29 not out) and Jevel Innis (15).

St Jago, after winning the toss and deciding to bat, were held to 105, for five, off their allotment of overs. Ryan Harris, 35, and Sachin Taylor, 18, were the main run-getters for the Monk Street-based boys, against the spin of Francis, two for 18.

"We are still not playing at full strength due to the closeness of the competition to exams, and some parents are complaining," Eltham's coach Oral Simpson said.

Effective bowling

"However, having turned up, I thought the bowlers did a good job to limit Wolmer's and set up the win."

Manchester made 127, for six, before returning to restrict Vere to 126, for seven.

National Under-19 all-rounder Chris Powell, 62, and Kashane Daniel, 33, were mainly responsible for Manchester's total.

Vere, a final-four qualifier from the previous round, had Randre Christie, who made 29, not out, to thank in their chase. However, it was not enough.

Davion Codner, two for 19, and Powell, two for 27, led the way for Manchester.

"It was a difficult win, but a welcome one, as it allowed us to achieve our objective," said Barry Barnes, coach of Manchester.

The other team in with a strong chance of making the final four was Wolmer's. However, despite a seven-wicket win against hosts Excelsior, their efforts were not good enough.

Excelsior made 76 with Kenneth Forbes, two for eight, and Denniel Griffiths, two for one, being chief destroyers.

Wolmer's, in response, raced to 78, for three, off 11.4 overs, on the back of 37 from Sadique Henry and 27, not out, from Griffiths.

The semi-finals will be played on Saturday at STETHS, with the final tentatively set for Manchester High.

The round's other match-up, early qualifier, STETHS, and Cross Keys, at STETHS, ended in a no-result due to rain.