Munro's Parchment slams 97 in big win
Western Bureau - National youth cricketer Mark Parchment ripped into the Petersfield High School's bowling Wednesday as Munro College won a lopsided contest in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Limited Overs schoolboy cricket competition at Little London.
Parchment hit 11 fours and 6 sixes in his majestic knock before being dismissed for 97 by Coneja James.
Owen Cunningham also took a liking to the Petersfield High bowling, slamming a whirlwind 50 not out that included six fours and three towering sixes as Munro made 200 for three off their 20 overs.
In reply, Petersfield were undone by some disciplined Munro bowling, and eventually collapsed for 58.
David Curtis was the pick of the Munro bowlers, taking four for seven.
Fellow pacer Shamir Daley grabbed three for nine and Jamoy Dixon two for 14 as Munro won by 142 runs.
Parchment, who represented Jamaica at the Under-15 and Under-17 levels and scored in his first match against the Windward Islands with 60 two years ago, has been steadily improving.
"I am doing well in my second year as team captain and, thanks to my coach Tedroy Bromfield, I am learning how to be an even better leader on and off the field," said the talented Parchment.
"This year I have set some goals to achieve, to take Munro to, at least, the final of this competition and personally to register four centuries."
Jamaica and West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is his role model.
"I respect Marlon Samuels because of the way he performs on the field. I think he is a great batsman and, hopefully, one day I will achieve what he has done on the cricket field," said Parchment.
"Additionally, my mother Blossom Pascoe and Dawn Pascoe, my aunt, are my biggest motivators. They keep me balanced and focused on what I have to do both in my education and as a young cricketer," reasoned Parchment.
The former Ballards Valley Primary School student is one of the leading Under-19 cricketers in the country and is being touted as a future West Indies player by those who have seen his strokeplay.