STETHS, Vere to battle for T20 title
Vere Technical High School will be seeking to upstage favourites St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) when they face-off in the final of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty20 competition at Manchester High School today.
The two teams will be meeting in a final for the third time, as Vere Technical were defeated by their opponents in the Headley Cup, as well as the rural area Twenty20 final earlier this season.
However, Vere's skipper Fabian Allen is in good knick having scored an unbeaten century against Excelsior High and then again against Eltham High. He is the leading run scorer in the competition, and is expected to rally his troops as they want to dethrone the kingpins of schoolboy cricket.
The Clarendon-based team will be banking on the all-round capabilities of Allen, Thavi Spencer and Ryan Burnett to take them home.
Coach Dewith Coleman told the Jamaica Observer that his team "is not going to back down and will be coming for supremacy".
"We have been training morning and evening, and I keep telling the boys just one match to go and they need to pull through. They (STETHS) are strong and mighty at home, but we will see what happens when they are away," he said.
Clive Ledgister on the other hand has placed every bit of confidence in his Ramaal Lewis led squad, stating that once they score over 140 runs they will be hard to oppose.
"We have not been doing much training due to exams, but we are ready and focused. We have a pretty balanced team which is very experienced and we are going to be bringing a team effort on the day," Ledgister explained.
STETHS found themselves on the brink of defeat against Manchester when they were restricted to 118, but the team from Santa Cruz showed just why they are considered the perennial kingpins of schoolboy cricket and favourites to take the title, when they restricted their opponents to 111.
The class and calibre of their batting and bowling attack will be led by Lewis and his West Indies teammate Marquino Mindley, along with Rushane Manning who was the key factor behind their victory last week. The latter was involved in an important partnership with his skipper, before returning to take three wickets bowling his leg spin.
Tahnida Nunes, senior sponsorship manager of title sponsor Digicel, is encouraging patrons to come out and support Jamaica's young talent while enjoying the music and giveaways courtesy of the cellular phone giant.
The third-place play-off between Eltham and Manchester at 10:00 am should warm patrons up for the big show which is scheduled to get on the way at 2:00 pm.
Vere Technical's captain Fabian Allen (yellow) and his STETHS counterpart Ramaal Lewis (blue), share a moment with Digicel's sponsorship executive Mark Martin after both led their teams to semi-final victories in the ISSA/Digicel Twenty20 competition at STETHS last Saturday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)