Grace Shield goes to XLCR despite Brown's heroics

Saturday, March 16, 2019

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DESPITE a blazing 155 runs from Innswood High captain Carlos Brown, Excelsior High were still able to register a crushing 316-run win to capture the ISSA GraceKennedy Shield Urban High School cricket final at Melbourne Oval on Thursday.

Scores: Excelsior High 285 and 389 and Innswood High 119 and 240.

Victorious coach Kirkland Bailey said he was satisfied with his team's performance, which was dominant from day one of the three-day match.

“The team dominated the match from the first day's play and I am very proud of the players, because it was an all-round team effort. Last year the team came very close to overhaul over 300 runs, but this time I was very confident that Excelsior would have won,” Bailey said.

He said the players will now be looking towards facing the winner of the GraceKennedy Headley Cup Rural final in the all-island championships play-off for the Spaulding Cup title. “We will be going all out to win.”

Meanwhile, Bailey congratulated Innswood's captain Brown for a fine century, bettering the 152 made by his captain Raewin Senior.

“It was really a good knock by him (Brown)...but it was not (the plan) to concentrate on him too much, but getting the wickets of the other batsmen,” he noted.

Innswood coach Kirk Gordon also saluted his in form batsman.

“It was great batting from Brown, who took on the bowlers all alone as the other batsmen failed to give him valuable support,” he noted.

Brown, batting at number four, made his 155 runs off 134 balls, which included 15 fours and seven sixes. He was later caught at deep midwicket attempting to hit another six. Earlier, he was dropped by wicketkeeper Kimani Wilson on 97 off the bowling of Excelsior captain Raewin Senior.

The Innswood captain was “very pleased” with his stay at the crease, but thought the overall team effort was not up to scratch.

“The younger players in the team did not give me the support, as they found it difficult to apply themselves. We could have done much better with the support as I had to try and do it all by myself,” Brown said.

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