Gordon laments another Spalding Cup flop

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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The Innswood High Head Coach Kirk Gordon pointed to his team's untidy fielding effort and loss of focus with the bat as main reasons for failing in yet another ISSA/GraceKennedy Financial Group Spalding Cup title bid.

St elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) took the crown on the basis of sealing first-innings advantage after making scores of 165 and 216 in their respective first- and second-innings efforts in the rain-affected three-day match last week. Innswood, who had totalled 130 in their first innings, were 88-6 at the close on day three in search of 252 runs for victory.

The Spalding Cup, which symbolises all-island schoolboy cricket supremacy, pits the winners of the urban area competition against the rural area champions.

Innswood, the urban area Grace Shield title holders, fell short against the Clive Ledgister-coached St Elizabeth Technical on three previous occasions between 2010 and 2012 in the Spalding Cup play-off. It is STETHS's 23rd Spalding Cup title.

Gordon said his team was hamstrung this time by missing chances to dismiss Headley Cup winners STETHS for a smaller first-innings score despite having them in dire trouble at 96-6 at one stage.

“Another [failiure], this time at the fourth attempt. I think we lost this game from the very first day. We lost the toss and this STETHS team decided to bat first on a very good pitch. We had them 90-odd for six before lunch, and we have to just blame ourselves because we dropped six chances in one session,” Gordon told the Jamaica Observer in a post-match interview.

He added that the batting also flopped after appearing to be in a comfortable position at 103-3.

“We came back the second day and we got the last four wickets to bowl them out. But we lost our way again after being 103-3 and were 123-8 overnight. I think we just played some undisciplined cricket over the first two days and the fielding was atrocious right throughout the game,” Gordon lamented.

“I have to say well played to STETHS because they played more disciplined than us in all areas. Our decision-making was also poor also, so hats off to this STETHS team,” the Innswood coach reiterated.

—Sanjay Myers

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