Manchester reign supreme in Under-16 cricket championship
MANCHESTER High School rallied in the second innings to take the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Allied Insurance Brokers Under-16 All-Island title, when they defeated Excelsior High by six wickets at Melbourne Cricket Club yesterday.
Captain Brad Barnes led from the front taking six for 56 to end with a match haul of 11 for 99, as Excelsior were knocked away for 134, which gave them an overall lead of 152. Manchester surpassed their target, losing four wickets.
Scores: (Excelsior 104 & 134; Manchester 86 & 156-4).
Excelsior, resuming their second innings at 59 for five, lost two early wickets as Barnes went on the hunt from the start. He first had overnight batsman Qwayne Moore (two) stumped and Keanu Marr (eight) trapped in front with the score at 85 for seven.
A 40-run eight-wicket stand between the left-hand pair of Orlando Rowe and Romario Brown carried the score to 125, before Brown (20) was bowled by a full delivery from pace bowler Shamari Burton. Barnes then wrapped up the innings at 134, when he had Keshawn Graham caught for three and Rowe stumped for a topscore of 40. Jordan Bowen was left not out on naught as Lamar Richmond supported Barnes with two for 40.
Manchester, needing 153 for victory, were given a solid start by openers Kashawn Beale and Denell Stewart who took them to lunch at 51 without loss. Stewart went for 17 shortly after the break with the score at 54, when he was undone by a straight delivery from Orlando Rowe. Brad Barnes added a quick 13 in a 26-run third-wicket partnership with Beale, but his rush came to an end with the score at 80, when he whipped one straight back at Orande Pearson who made no mistake.
Beale's patient innings came to an end at 52, when Rowe had him adjudged leg-before-wicket with the score at 114. Zidane Copeland (18) became Rowe's third victim when he was brilliantly caught by Keshawn Graham at mid-wicket with the score at 134.
Kemar Newell (28) and Shamari Burton (six) carried Manchester home immediately after the tea interval. Rowe finished with three for 51, an overall match haul of nine for 92.
Winning Coach Barry Barnes hailed his team and opponents for their gallantry, while acknowledging young Kashawn Beale who led from the top of the order.
"Well done to the youngsters and also to Excelsior, they played really well. When we left here on Tuesday we were saying that we had nothing to lose, we came in this morning in a positive frame of mind... a little slack in the field but when I saw that we got 153 to chase I think it was gettable. When you have a main batsman in your team as long as he bats well the team will win and young Beale's half-century was an excellent knock, and I knew that we had it won from there, " Barnes told the Jamaica Observer.
Clifton Bailey who coaches Excelsior expressed his disappointment about not copping a second title, but took some positives from the outcome and applauded his team for putting up a good fight.