STETHS take all-island cricket title
BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Captain Ramaal Lewis led from the front as rural Grace/ISSA Headley Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) defeated urban champions Eltham High by six wickets in a low-scoring game to lift the all-island Spalding Cup.
It was the 22nd Spalding Cup for STETHS which has dominated Jamaican schoolboy cricket for more than 30 years.
On a pitch which obviously needed more preparation bowlers revelled. Thirty-four wickets fell for just 313 runs as the scheduled three-day game ended at lunch on the second day.
Scores: Eltham High 50 and 106; STETHS 122 and 35-4.
Spinners from both sides were particularly dominant in the bowler-friendly conditions with off-spinner Lewis, who is the Jamaica and West Indies Under-19 captain being the most successful. He had match figures of 10 for 43.
Lewis was also the top batsman in the game, scoring 30 in the STETHS first innings and an unbeaten 23 in the second as his team repeatedly stumbled in chase of 35 to win.
Eltham's assistant coach Glenville Holmes had no excuses at game's end. "STETHS played better cricket for the two days ...," he said.
STETHS coach Clive Ledgister while thankful for the victory said his team was forced to work much harder than should have been the case. He claimed the Easter holidays broke their momentum following triumphs in the Grace/ISSA Headley Cup and the ISSA rural Twenty20.
Ledgister said the latest triumph reinforced a sense of redemption following a poor season for STETHS last year.
"We did poorly last year, we had one of the most talented teams and we lost all the trophies," he said
"This year (at the start of the season) we had a long team meeting with all the guys especially the senior ones and the objective was to redeem ourselves ... this year is a redemption year," he said.
Ledgister said the below-par pitch was the result of heavy rains over Easter which adversely affected preparations.