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STETHS inch closer to Spalding Cup despite rain intervention

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Heavy rain again played spoiler in the ISSA/GraceKennedy Financial Group three-day Spalding Cup match just as hosts St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) were closing in on first-innings honours against Innswood High.

When match officials called off play yesterday afternoon, in similar circumstances to Tuesday's first day, Innswood, who suffered a middle-order collapse, were reeling at 123-8 in reply to STETHS's first-innings 165.

The two not out batsmen, Odane Pitter and Oneil Weir, are yet to get off the mark.

Scores: STETHS 165 (72.2 overs); Innswood 123-8 (38.2 overs).

Innswood Captain Jeavor Royal remained optimistic his team can garner first-innings advantage today.

“I think STETHS bowled really well, but we lost our way in the middle part of the innings with some wickets falling in a cluster. I still think that coming tomorrow we can pull off first-innings lead against them,” Royal told the Jamaica Observer during an interview at close of play.

Earlier yesterday, the hosts, resuming from their overnight score of 141-6, added only 24 runs before they were bowled out.

Odane Thompson, who began the day on 24, ended unbeaten on 45. His overnight partner Rajee Simpson failed to add to the 12 runs he made on the first day, but their 46-run stand for the seventh wicket was pivotal in STETHS' final score.

Andre McCarthy and Nigel Palmer had added respective scores of 35 and 30 from day one.

Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Royal had figures of 6-50 from 34 overs and two balls, while fellow Innswood left-arm finger spinner Kevin Peterson took 2-45 from 19 overs.

Facing a modest total, Innswood openers Mark James (24) and Omario Wallace (13) put on a 31-run stand before the latter was spectacularly bowled by pacer Andre Blake.

And the visitors' positive play continued after the lunch break, but STETHS battled back into the encounter and triggered a collapse that saw the batting side slip dramatically from relative comfort at 103-3.

STETHS skipper and off-spinner Roberto Simpson was the main man, claiming 4-12 off eight overs and two balls.

Number three batsman Carlos Brown batted solidly to top-score with 42, while Royal, who was dismissed by his opposite number Roberto Simpson, chimed in with 22.

— Sanjay Myers

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