Rain ruins STETHS vs Manchester in Headley Cup semis

...Holmwood progress to final by virtue of first innings points against Vere

Friday, March 16, 2018

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CONTINUOUS rain near tea brought a premature end to the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Headley Cup cricket semi-final match between defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and Manchester High at STETHS playing field in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, yesterday.

The rain started at approximately 3:25 pm with no sign of stopping, which resulted in the umpires calling off the match at around 4:30 pm.

STETHS resuming at 50 for two wickets, added a further 50 runs without losing a wicket to be in a commanding position at 100 for three. However, wickets fell steadily and the champions were bowled out for a mere 129.

Xavier Burton, with 33, Nigel Palmer, 27, and Jerome Jones were the main scorers for STETHS, while Wavell Hanniford took four wickets for 21 runs off 10.5 overs and Brad Barnes with two for 40 off 18 overs for Manchester.

In reply, Manchester were reeling at 101 for seven wickets off 38 overs when rain stopped play. Denell Stewart was top scorer for Manchester with 37 runs, while Andre McCarthy captured five wickets for 28 runs off 10 overs for STETHS.


Holmwood Technical gained first innings points over Vere Technical in their drawn match. By virtue of gainnig first innings, Holmwood progressed to the final.

Scores: Vere Technical 109 all out, and 188 for three wickets, Holmwood Technical 264 all out off 79 overs.

Holmwood, resuming at their overnight score of 80 for four wickets, went on to make 254 all out to give them a first innings lead of 155 runs.

Rashad Richards, who was 27 not out on the previous day, went onto make 87 with 14 fours, and Jermaine Lindo 57, who was overnight on 20 not out, went on to score 57 runs, inclusive of eight fours.

The wicket-takers for Vere were Romario Jacobs, who took four wickets for 69 runs, Dujon Anderson three for 37, and Nicoy Johnson who took two for 56.

Trailing by 155 runs, Vere batted a second time, and a brilliant unbeaten century of 102 from Davoyn Shaw (12 fours and four sixes), staved off an outright win for Holmwood when stumps were drawn to end the second and final day's play.

Gerald Reid

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