Vere clobber KC to cop inaugural Schools' Invitational T20 title
VERE Technical High were crowned champions of the inaugural staging of the Sports Innovators Schools' Invitational T20 competition after an 89-run victory over Kingston College at Chedwin Park yesterday.
After winning the toss, the well-oiled Vere Technical outfit chose to take first knock and, with a fine display of batting, piled up a mammoth total of 185-3 from their 20 overs.
Rohan Ferguson led the way with a superb knock of 90 not out from 56 balls, which included five fours and three sixes. He was strongly supported by Randre Christie, who made 46 from 33 balls, inclusive of eight boundaries. Oshane Wright led the Kingston College bowling with two wickets for 31 runs from his four overs.
In reply, the North Street-based team could only manage 96 for eight from their allotted overs, which saw Demus McPherson hauling in three wickets for 21 runs. Tevon Campbell top scored with 24 runs.
Captain of Vere Technical High Fabian Campbell said he was happy with the tournament and the win, as his group showed their worth. "Well I feel pretty great because the guys came out and they stamped their class. It was a good competition because the guys got to show their talent. I am looking forward to next year, although I will be graduating, but I wish everybody well."
Obrian Duncan, who led the Kingston College team, thought they went wrong with the ball. "I think we lost the game from a bowling perspective. The Vere team is a very strong team and they got the better of us."
In the third place play-off, Manchester High handed the Tamar Lambert-coached St Jago High a 43-run defeat. Roshane Hamilton with four for nine, and Davion Codner with four for 12 ensured that Manchester secured the third-place prize. Scores: Machester High 104-8 (20 overs), St Jago High 61 all out (20 overs).
Vere Technical received the Championship trophy and a gift certificate of $100,000 redeemable for cricket equipment. Kingston College won $50,000 for second, with third-placed Manchester High getting $30,000 and fourth placed St Jago High, $20,000.
Spectators around the ground gave the competition the thumbs up, saying it was well organised and entertaining.
It was organised by the Sports Innovators Group and the Jamaica Biscuit Company and started on Friday with eight schools. They are champions Vere Technical, Kingston College, Manchester High, St Jago High, Excelsior High, Eltham High, Innswood High, and Jamaica College.