STETHS on top in Grace Headley Cup final

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) held a firm upper hand over Manchester High when rain stopped play 45 minutes before the scheduled close on day one of the three-day Grace Headley Cup cricket final at STETHS here yesterday.

Led by a compact 55 (122 balls, three fours) from the right-handed middle-order batsman Lennox Simpson, STETHS having chosen to bat first on a dry, hard pitch, were dismissed for 186 just before the tea break.

All rounder Andre McCarthy then took four wickets for four runs with his stiff fast medium to undermine the Manchester High top order. After being 26-5 at one stage, Manchester High, thanks to an unbeaten 32 (45 balls, five fours, one six) from Andre Morgan, made a mini recovery to be 70 for six when the rain came.

Scores: STETHS 186; Manchester High 70 for six.

At the start of the day, STETHS fell away from 27 without loss to 55-4 before Lennox Simpson and the unrelated wicketkeeper/batsman Joseph Simpson (29) shared 63 for the fifth wicket to help the home team to their eventual score.

Another Simpson, Robert, batting at number eight in the order, hit an unbeaten 32 (59 balls, one four) to give the STETHS innings a boost at the end.

For Manchester High, pacer Andre Morgan took 4-29 and left-arm spinner Jaheem Bartley 4-62.

In their turn at the crease, Manchester High were immediately in trouble as McCarthy dismissed Oneil Roberts for 0, Dwayne Walters (7), Sanjay Walker (0), Javardi Francis (0). Dwayne Morgan (9) fell to medium pacer Odane Thompson while left-arm spinner Jermaine Mendoza sent back Mathew Morgan (4).

Andre Morgan countered the rampant STETHS bowlers with bold stroke play as the rain approached. He will resume on today's second day with Wavel Anniford, not out eight.

– Garfield Myers


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