STETHS, Manchester square off in Headley Cup final

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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DEFENDING champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) go up against arch-rival Manchester High in the 2019 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Grace Headley Cup rural area three-day cricket final this morning at STETHS in Santa Cruz, starting at 10:00 am.

STETHS, apart from being the Headley Cup champions, are also the champions for both the all-island Spaulding Cup and the rural T20 knockout championship.

The Santa Cruz-based STETHS reached the final by defeating Vere Technical on first-innings points, while Manchester gained first-innings points over Holmwood Technical in their respective drawn semi-finals.

Both teams have already met in four Headley Cup finals, with STETHS winning three.

STETHS coach Clive Ledgister said his players intend to “play basic and positive cricket”.

“The team will be looking to come out victorious as it is very special moment for the school,” he said.

STETHS will be banking on batsmen Andre McCarthy and Jerome Jones and Romone Maxam, while resting their hopes on bowlers Leroy McCarthy, Anthony Blake and Roberto Simpson in their push for victory.

Meanwhile, Patrick Reid, a member of the coaching staff at Manchester, is confident his “young team” can bring home the bacon.

“Manchester's team is a very young and talented one and has been consistent throughout the season. We work as a united unit and it's a team that can perform cerditably,” said Reid.

Manchester will look to top batsmen Javardi Francis and Oneil Roberts for inspiration. They should be ably supported by Oneel Roberts, Jaheem Bartley, and Javardi Francis, and bowlers Andre Morgan, Wavell Hanchard and Bartley.

— Gerald Reid


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