Claren­don Col­lege cool Lit­tle London

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

West Indies’ cap­tain Ja­son Holder (right) and Deven­dra Bishoo. com­ing apart at the seams when leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah ripped through the in­nings af­ter tea, to fin­ish with three for 30.

Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz also snapped up two quick wick­ets for 30 runs as West Indies stum­bled, jeop­ar­dis­ing their pur­suit of a first Test win since they beat Eng­land in Bridgetown last year May. West Indies re­quire an­other 39 runs for vic­tory. On a day when 11 wick­ets tum­bled, cap­tain and seamer Ja­son Holder cap­tured his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pak­istan were dis­missed for 208 in their sec­ond in­nings af­ter re­sum­ing on 87 for four.

Opener Azhar Ali con­verted his overnight 45 into a top score of 91, while wick­et­keeper/bats­man Sar­fraz Ahmed, un­beaten on 19 at the start, made 42.

The pair ex­tended their fifth wicket stand to 86 be­fore be­ing sep­a­rated as the hosts sur­ren­dered their last six wick­ets for 74 runs.

Holder claimed two of those wick­ets to end with su­perb fig­ures of five for 30 while leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo picked up three for 46. REY­NALDO RICHARD­SON struck twice to lead ti­tle con­tenders Claren­don Col­lege to a hard-fought 3-0 vic­tory over the well-drilled Lit­tle London High in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup quar­ter-fi­nal yes­ter­day in the fea­ture match of a dou­ble-header at the Frome Sports Ground.

Peters­field edged Fair Prospect 2-1 in the first game, to give them­selves a shot at ad­vanc­ing to the next round from Zone R, which is be­ing led by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS).

The cham­pi­ons roughed up Vere Tech 4-1 in Santa Cruz to un­der­line their in­tent and are clearly now round­ing into the kind of form coach Omar Wed­der­burn men­tioned af­ter their last game.

It took the Claren­don ag­gre­ga­tion 56 min­utes to break what was up un­til then, a won­der­ful spec­ta­cle of at­tack­ing foot­ball, when Richard­son fired in a tor­rid shot from an an­gle for the 1-0 lead.

Richard­son scored the sec­ond three min­utes later, this time as a Creg­gton Charleton free­kick was headed back across the goal and the for­ward made no mis­take from in­side the six-yard area, to make the score 2-0.

FREE-KICK GOAL

Clive Jar­rett hit Claren­don’s third off an­other Charleton free kick in the 86th minute with a sim­ple fin­ish, af­ter the Lit­tle London goalie Clif­ford Clarke had the ball bounced off his right leg.

The Zone S clash, be­gan with Lit­tle London play­ing at a high tempo and looked the smarter of the two in the open­ing ex­changes.

But they could not sus­tain the high ve­loc­ity, and Claren­don slowly be­gan tak­ing a hold of pro­ceed­ings, through Charleton and Shande James in the mid­field.

Coach Paul ‘Te­gat’ Davis made a slight ad­just­ment at the start of the sec­ond half, and it paid rich div­i­dends with Richard­son open­ing the scor­ing. From there, it was prac­ti­cally all Claren­don.

Lit­tle London’s brav­ery was bro­ken and they suc­cumbed to their sec­ond loss of the sea­son.

“This was a game in which our ex­pe­ri­ence showed, pri­mar­ily in the sec­ond half,” said coach Davis.

“Lit­tle London came at us hard in the first, but we buck­led down to play some good foot­ball. It was a re­ally com­pet­i­tive game, but I am happy to have won with just one more game in this round and the semi-fi­nal on the hori­zon,” noted Davis.

Else­where, Corn­wall Col­lege con­tin­ued their steam­rolling ex­press with a dif­fi­cult 2-1 win over Ocho Rios, thanks to yet an­other two-goal burst from lead­ing scorer Jour­daine Fletcher to join Manch­ester High on 6 points in Zone P. Manch­ester de­feated Glen­muir 2-1.

Dinthill re­turned to win­ning ways, out­play­ing Rusea’s 3-1 in Zone Q to be on 3 points, and stay sec­ond in the zone be­hind Len­non High (6 points).

Len­non had ear­lier in the day tagged Paul Bogle 1-0 to hold prime po­si­tion head­ing into a semi-fi­nal berth.

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