Manchester High cricket programme still strong, says coach

April 21, 2017
Members of the St. Elizabeth Technical High School cricket team hold aloft, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Headley Cup trophy, after beating Manchester High School in the Schoolboy Cricket Competitions last weekend. Looking on are Stephanie Baker, competitions assistant at ISSA Colonel Errol Johnson (first right), ISSA's Rural Cricket chairman (second and first right) and Clive Ledgister (back row), coach of the STETHS cricket team.

Manchester High School coach Barry Barnes said he has identified a talented pool of cricketers who will be coming back to challenge for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Headley Cup in the schoolboy cricket title they lost to St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last weekend.

"The only disappointment is that the team did not play much better than I know they are capable of. When we started the season, no one thought Manchester High would have reached the finals because of the young team members we had," said Barnes.

In the final, STETHS beat Manchester by nine wickets to secure the crown for the 29th time.

STETHS coach Clive Ledgister has said Manchester was one of the better teams in the competition.

"It was a very good win. This is the first time we came under some real pressure, and we thank Manchester for that. We don't experience lots of pressure throughout the season, but this was a fight and it showed on our players," he said.

Barnes said the pool of cricketers identified made him optimistic about what's next on the programme.

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