MANCHESTER recorded the highest team score of the Kingston Wharves Under-15 Cricket competition during Friday's 5th round of matches at various venues across the island.
Manchester, having won the toss, started positively against St Catherine at St Catherine High, making 286 for 9 in their 50 overs with Jevani Francis, 75, and Rasheed Allen, 50, contributing the most runs. The bulk of the wickets went to Romario Halstead, who took 3 for 59, and Kevin Patterson, 2 for 56.
St Catherine could not manage the tight bowling of Manchester and were skittled out for 78 in 24 overs. Only Duke Reid, 25, and Lowen Green, 13, got into double figures.
The first wicket went down at 38 and thereafter the others fell regularly to close at the meagre score. The most successful bowlers were Kevon Hanniford, who bagged 3 for 13 in eight overs, and Ian Codner, who got 2 for 15 in six overs.
Next in line in terms of scores was the match between St Ann and St Mary which went to St Ann. St Ann defeated St Mary by 25 runs after making 181 for 9 in their 50 overs. St Mary, who had won the toss and fielded, got as close as 156 for 9 in 50 overs. That match was played at Ultimate Cricket Ground in St Ann.
St Elizabeth took on Clarendon at the Manley Horne Park and got the better of the central region based team by just 10 runs. Clarendon won the toss and invited the home team to bat. They made 170 all out in 45.4 overs. Clarendon replied with 160 all out in 39.1 overs.
Defending champions St Andrew got the better of St Thomas by four wickets at Lucas in Kingston. St Thomas won the toss and batted making 85 all out in 24.4 overs. St Andrew replied with 86 for 6 in 26.1 overs.
Portmore lost to Kingston by nine wickets at Bridgeport Cricket Ground in a low scoring match. Kingston won the toss and inserted Portmore, who were then skittled out for just 24 runs with Shemar Davis taking 6 for 14. Kingston made a quick-fire 25 for 1 in 4.2 overs.
The other match scheduled for Friday between Westmoreland and Hanover ended in a no result due to rain.
The teams now look to the semi-finals, which are scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas in Kingston, and Ultimate Cricket Ground in St Ann.