Cricket

Manchester eke out one-run win over Vere Tech

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicabserver.com

Sunday, May 18, 2014    

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Manchester High eked out a one-run win over Zone Two winners Vere Technical at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) playing field in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty20 competition yesterday.

While Vere are safely through to the semi-finals, there is uncertainty whether it will be Manchester or Wolmer's Boys advancing with the Clarendon-based school to the last four.

Up to press time yesterday, ISSA said calculations will be done and the semi-finalists confirmed today.

In the second encounter of the double-header between already qualified STETHS and Cross Keys High, umpires were forced to call off play without a ball being bowled due to persistent afternoon rain and a saturated outfield.

St Elizabeth Technical, with a no-result and two wins, headed Zone One ahead of Eltham High. The no-result ended Cross Key's hopes. Both Clive Ledgister, the coach of STETHS, and Junior Deans of Cross Keys told the Sunday Observer they were disappointed the rain spoiled any chance of an exciting clash between the teams.

St Elizabeth Technical, with a no-result and two wins, headed Zone One ahead of Eltham High. The no-result ended Cross Key's hopes. Both Clive Ledgister, the coach of STETHS, and Junior Deans of Cross Keys told the Sunday Observer they were disappointed the rain spoiled any chance of an exciting clash between the teams.

In the opening game, on a decent-looking batting pitch, Manchester High made 127-6 off 20 overs thanks to a half-century from Christopher Powell.

In reply and with dark clouds hovering, Vere plundered an unlikely 17 runs off the final over, but fell one run short of forcing a tie and remaining unbeaten in the competition.

Scores: Manchester 127-6 (20 overs); Vere 126-7 (20 overs).

Dewith Coleman, the coach of Vere Technical, chided his team's "poor batting" but said the players "are going to bounce back" for the semi-finals.

His counterpart at Manchester, Barry Barnes, was relieved with the win, having endured some disappointing performances this season.

"Since we started playing this format it's the best we have played. I think the batting total was something we could work with though it got close in the end," Barnes said.

The talismanic Powell, who batted at number four, hit 62 from 56 balls and shared in a third-wicket stand of 71 runs with opener Kashane McDaniel, who contributed a 45-ball 33.

Vere's seam bowler Romario Edwards took 2-7 off two overs, while fellow pacer Christopher Thomas, left-arm finger spinner Fabian Allen and Thavi Spencer all took one wicket each.

In response, Vere's left-handed opener Randre Christie batted through the innings for 69 not out from 56 balls. No other batsman reached 20.

Manchester medium pacer Davion Codner ended with 2-19 from four overs, while the versatile Powell, bowling sharp medium pace, grabbed 2-27.

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