Wolmer’s obliterate St Jago to win urban T20 title
IT WAS one of the most one-sided cricket finals in recent history as Grace Shield Champions Wolmers’ Boys’ School added the urban area ISSA T20 title to the notches on their belt this season following an easy eight-wicket win over St Jago High School in the final at Chedwin Park yesterday.
St Jago were first blown away, only managing to score 95 for nine in their allotted 20 overs, after which Wolmer’s romped to 96 for two in 9.4 overs to seal a comprehensive win.
St Jago decided to take first strike after winning the toss but found the Chedwin Park surface a bit too difficult to negotiate, losing their first two wickets with just eight runs on the board.
Milton Luckain then decided to take matters into his own hands and hit a top score of 45 to spruce up St Jago’s score, but when he fell to Omari Wedderburn at 83 for five, St Jago’s innings again went downhill as they lost four wickets for just five runs.
National under-15 captain Nicoli McKenzie was the chief destroyer for Wolmer’s, bagging three wickets for 19 runs, while Alex Hinds, Wedderburn and Nicholas Holung took two wickets each.
With a gettable total in front of them, Wolmer’s wasted little time in overhauling the score with West Indies under-19 batsman, Jordan Johnson, dominating an opening stand of 88 with Jose Northover.
Johnson was in a no-nonsense mood, tearing apart the St Jago attack with four fours and seven sixes in his 31-ball knock of 73.
Northover was a mere spectator, contributing just nine to the partnership, but neither was at the crease to see Wolmer’s over the line, with Corey Hinds and McKenzie scoring two runs each to gift the Heroes’ Circle-based school their second title of the season.
Winning coach Jerraine Williams was pleased that his team was able to bounce back from their Spalding Cup defeat to St Elizabeth last week.
“It is always a good feeling to come out on the winning side. I must say congratulations to the boys who were worked up for this encounter. It was a good team effort, capped off by Jordan Johnson setting up the victory quickly.”
Losing coach Joseph Lemmie lamented what was a second loss to Wolmer’s in a final this season.
“I am very disappointed, but we know that when you are playing against a very good team, the margin for error is minimal, and Wolmer’s were just the better team as they put in a workman-like performance, and kudos to their team.”