Jamaica Gleaner / St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) coach Clive Ledgister believes experience played a key role in his team defeating Holmwood Technical in the final of the ISSA/Grace Headley Cup at Manchester High yesterday.
STETHS, the defending champions, won the contest on the final day after securing first innings honours in the drawn three-day affair.
The victors scored 183 and 226 to which Holmwood replied with 179 and 101 for seven.
“Our team fell from a position of strength at 90-odd for one at lunch on the opening day to 183 in our first innings, and for us that was disappointing,” Ledgister explained.
“But history, including the finals, shows that very few teams have been able to score over 180 or more against us over the years in a final, and as such we were confident.”
“One must highlight the performance of our captain and national Under-19 player Andre McCarthy, who spearheaded our batting and bowling in both innings,” he added.
Resuming their second innings on 132 for a lead of 136, STETHS strengthened their grip on the match through McCarthy, who after resuming on 44 overnight, went on to topscore with 60.
Zavier Burton, 40, was the next best scorer for the boys from Santa Cruz againsy left-arm spinner Shemar Smith, five for 44, and off-spinner Tian Jarrett, three for 92.
STETHS now await the winner of the urban area ISSA/Grace Shield, who they will play in the all-island Spalding Cup playoff.
JAMAICA: Experience was key for STETHS – Ledgister
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