Vere claim inaugural Schools T20 Champs

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Rohan Ferguson slammed an unbeaten 90 off 56 balls as Vere Technical defeated Kingston College by 89 runs to win the inaugural staging of the SIG Schools Invitational T20 cricket competition at Chedwin Park yesterday.

Ferguson slammed five fours and three sixes as he and Randre Christie, 46, pushed Vere to 185 for three off 20 overs. Oshane Wright took two for 31 off his four overs. Needing 186 to win, KC were restricted to 96 for eight, with Tevon Campbell leading the scoring with 24. Demus McPherson was the pick of the Vere bowlers, taking three wickets for 21 runs off his allotment of four overs.

For the win Vere walked away with $100,000 worth of cricket gear.

Winning coach Dewitt Coleman praised his opening batsmen for securing the win.

"It was a great victory. Our batsmen batted well, especially Ferguson and Christie. Ferguson played normal cricket strokes for his unbeaten 90," he said. "The bowlers did not bowl up to par, but did enough to secure the victory."

Coleman added that the win was a great way for his team to start the season.

In the play-off for third place, Headley Cup champions Manchester High defeated St. Jago by 43 runs. Batting first, Manchester compiled 104 for eight, with Christopher Powell, 35, leading the scorers. Mark Blake took two for 13 for St. Jago.

Chasing 105 for the win, Vere never stood a chance against the bowling of Rushane Hamilton, who snared four wickets in his second over to leave the Clarendon-based school in tatters. 

Davion Codner administered the last rites, taking four for 13 off his four overs. Only Sachin Taylor, 22, and Andre Fowler, 22, offered any resistance to the Manchester bowling attack.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 03:26