Campbell ton pilots CUC into strong position

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Opener Jon-Ross Campbell struck an unbeaten century yesterday to power Combined Universities and Colleges into a strong position against Eastern Tigers in the Jamaica Cricket Association two-day Super League match at Melbourne Oval.

At stumps on the opening day, which was shortened due to a wet outfield caused by overnight and morning rain, the visitors were 184-2.

Campbell is on 101, while middle-order batsman Cassius Burton is 55 not out.

Score: Combined Universities 184-2 (40 overs).

Yesterday, the entire morning session and much of the afternoon was lost, with play starting approximately 2:30 pm.

The university team, who lead the league, won the toss and chose to bat first, but lost Odane McCatty (two) and Captain Paul Palmer (21) early.

That brought together Campbell and Burton, and the two calmly added 146 for the third wicket.

Campbell was the more aggressive in the partnership, pulling both spin and pace with trademark gusto.

The tall Burton also opened his shoulders on occasions to loft a few powerful shots down the ground.

On 96, Campbell was dropped at short cover by Garth Garvey off the bowling of Andre McCarthy, and he rubbed salt in the off-spinner's wound when he pulled him for four later in the over to bring up three figures.

Burton reached 50 in the very next over to apply an exclamation mark to his team's dominance on the day.

Eastern Tigers pacers Odean Smith (1-27) and Derval Green (1-34) were the only successful bowlers on the day.

The encounter at Noranda Bauxite in Discovery Bay between Northern Panthers and Central Titans escaped weather interruption as the latter grabbed the initiative on day one.

The Panthers chose to field first after winning the toss and bowled out the Titans for 168.

Left-hander Steven Taylor top-scored with 75, while Odean Brown made 21.

Left-arm finger spinner Christopher Lamont snared 4-35, while off-spinner Damani Sewell got 4-48.

The Panthers were bundled out for 125 in reply as off-spinner Peat Salmon took 5-42. He was supported by medium pacer Albert Gopie who claimed 2-9.

The Panthers batsmen Javelle Glenn and Aldaine Thomas made 49 and 30, respectively.

Scores: Titans 168 (46.5 overs); Panthers 125 (39 overs).

The entire day's play between hosts Southern Seals and Western Warriors at Treasure Beach Sports Park was lost after overnight rain breached the protective covers and wet a section of the pitch. Brilliant sunshine yesterday afternoon and improved pitch coverage made officials hopeful of play this morning.

– Sanjay Myers




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