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STETHS outlast Innswood to lift Spalding Cup

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) regained the ISSA GraceKennedy Financial Group Spalding Cup title after taking first-innings honours in the drawn three-day play-off match against Innswood High at STETHS field.

On Thursday's final day, Innswood closed on 88-6 in their second innings, chasing an improbable 252 in the rain-affected contest.

Scores: STETHS 165 (72.2 overs) & 216 (70.3 overs); Innswood 130 (45.2 overs) & 88-6 (23 overs) Earlier in the day, resuming their first innings from an overnight score of 123-8, Innswood lost their remaining wickets for the addition of only seven runs.

Carlos Brown led the way with 42 with support coming from Mark James (24) and skipper Royal (22). STETHS captain and off-spinner Roberto Simpson ended with outstanding figures of 6-15.

Batting a second time, STETHS approached it with patience, knowing they had first-innings advantage, and built a substantial target.

Batsman Nigel Palmer made 51, while Andre McCarthy contributed 44.

Innswood skipper and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Royal took 4-62 to tally 10 wickets in the match. Off spinner Brown grabbed 2-55.

Innswood's run chase never got going as STETHS threatened an outright win.

Number four batsman Najay Williams top-scored with 35 not out against medium pacer Andre McCarty, who finished with 4-30.

Sanjay Myers

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