Blackwood's ton 'Seals' draw against Titans

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Sidelined West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood warmed up for the regional four-day tournament by spanking a century in the sixth-round, two-day Super League cricket match between Central Titans and Southern Seals at Chedwin Park in St Catherine.

After his team lost first-innings points to hosts Central Titans on Saturday's opening day, Blackwood cracked 136 from 222 balls yesterday in the Seals' second-innings score of 251-3, as the game petered to a draw.

Earlier, the Titans resumed their first innings from an overnight score of 227-7, and went on to make 251 all out. Guyanese-born left-hander Assad Fudadin blasted a 71-ball 86, while the Seals pace bowler Jermaine Levy ended with 4-50.

That gave the Titans a healthy lead of 104 runs, but Blackwood's knock along with handy support from Damion Bryce (35) and Shahid Crooks (31) ensured the Seals avoided an outright loss.

Scores: Seals 147 (51 overs) & 251-3 (77.5 overs); Titans 251 (50.2 overs).

Blackwood and Levy are members of the Jamaica Scorpions squad to face hosts Barbados Pride in the West Indies regional championship, starting Thursday.

In the game at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, visitors Eastern Eagles hammered Western Warriors by an innings and 25 runs.

Garth Garvey made 93 as the Eagles batted first to score 225. In reply, the Warriors were bundled out for a mediocre 119 and when forced to follow on they were even worse, managing only 81.

The Eagles' spinner Patrick Harty and left-arm seamer Gavon Brown claimed seven and six wickets in the match, respectively.

Scores: Eagles 225 (51 overs); Warriors 119 (36.3 overs) & 81 (28.4 overs).

In a drawn encounter at Mona Bowl in St Andrew, the Combined Universities and Colleges home team had to settle for first-innings honours against Northern Panthers.

Batting first, the university team was bowled out for 208, with Jordane Hill top-scoring for 56 against the Panthers' Kristoff Virgo (4-35).

In reply, the Panthers batsman Andre Creary struck 70 as they were bowled out for 152.

Armed with a 56-run first-innings lead, Combined Universities and Colleges powered to 198-3 declared with Chadwick Walton (78) and Hill (67) leading the way. Paul Palmer struck 36 not out.

Batting a second time, the Panthers reached 45-2 before play was called off.

Scores: Universities 208 (50.3 overs) & 198-3 (43.5 overs); Panthers 152 (53.4 overs) & 45-2 (15 overs).

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