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St Catherine, Jonathan Grant face off in Colts cricket final

Published: Tuesday | June 1, 2010 by the Jamaica Gleaner

Some of the urban area’s top junior players will be on parade today when Jonathan Grant and St Catherine High meet in the final of the ISSA/Allied Insurance Brokers Under-16 cricket competition at Melbourne Oval, beginning at 10 a.m.

The teams, which had to contend with the a postponement of the final due to the civil unrest last week, are both unbeaten and will parade a number of national Under-15 players and invitees.

St Catherine, who have won all their six matches to date and turned back Spanish Town in the semi-finals, will look to captain and off-spinning all-rounder Jermaine Ennis, national Under-15 wicket-keeper/batsman Natasha McLean, off-spinner Akieno Gayle and batsman Aveeno Mullings.

“We didn’t have much training due to the weather and the upheaval. But we are still confident we can go out there and give a good account of ourselves and walk away with the title,” said St Catherine coach, Stanford Hudson.

Jonathan Grant, who defeated favourites Norman Manley in the semi-finals, will be pinning their hopes on pace all-rounders Jermaine Christie and Jameel Bryan, and batsmen Shavani Spaulding and Romaine Mairne.

“Despite the delay, my guys are still focused as they have been looking forward to (the game from) last week. From the start of the season they had an aim that they want to win the competition and they hope to do so,” said Jonathan Grant coach Rita Scott.

In the meantime, the final of the rural area ISSA/First Global Financial Services Under-15 competition between Rusea’s and BB Coke High, which was also postponed due to the unrest, will be played on Thursday at St Elizabeth Technical High School. That match is also scheduled to start 10 a.m.