St Elizabeth edge Kingston in Kingston Wharves U-15 thriller
St Bess is best
ST Elizabeth captured their fifth Kingston Wharves Under-15 title with a thrilling one-run win over Kingston in the final at Kensington Cricket Club, yesterday.
Captain Roberto Simpson with figures of three for 29, ensured that his team closed out the competition's 25th anniversary in style as they restricted Kingston to 123 all out.
Scores: St Elizabeth 124 all out (31.3 overs); Kingston 123 all out (43.2 overs).
Kingston won the toss and inserted St Elizabeth, who were off to a useful start at 45 without loss. But that quickly changed to 58 for two when Danvil Wollaston removed openers Romario Moxam (19) and Joshua Watson (14).
St Elizabeth failed to formulate another useful partnership as Wollaston wrapped up the top order by removing skipper Roberto Simpson (11) and Odane Thompson for a top score of 24. Wicket-keeper/batsman Joseph Simpson (11) was the only other player to get into double digits, as the former champions' moderate innings ended cheaply.
Akeem Malcolm grabbed three for 15 and Matthew Comerie, two for 14.
Kingston's run chase was made a tall order as they lost two quick wickets with four runs on the board. Captain Okarchie Brown and Mark Todd repaired the innings with a 49-run third-wicket partnership, but Brown (31) played a wild shot and was bowled shortly before lunch.
They were made to toil even further after the interval as they lost wickets in quick succession and were reeling at 84 for seven.
Todd and Aniket Pattnaik then frustrated the visitors with a painstaking 30-run ninth-wicket partnership that took Kingston within 11 runs of victory, but Osmond Gayle removed Todd (39) and Matthew Comerie with the score at 114 for nine to swing the game back in favour of St Elizabeth with the score at 114 for nine.
The victory was completed when the cautious Pattnaik (two), who was batting for more than 45 minutes, played his first aggressive stroke and was bowled. Geovannie Townsend and Osmond Gayle ended with two wickets each.
"I am really happy. Very exciting game, we made it very difficult by giving away a lot of extras and we didn't bat properly, but we pulled through at the end," Tedroy Bromfield, winning coach, told the Jamaica Observer.
John Gordon, coach of Kingston, also thought it was a very good game, but expressed discontent with his team's performance.
"I felt we bowled very poorly in the first half; we gave away over 30 extras and that cost us the game. With just two runs needed, all we had to do was stay there and hope for a wide or no ball, but the youngsters got carried away, and such is the game...it's a learning process for them," he said.