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Combined Universities look to continue good form in Super League

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Following an impressive win on last which propelled them to the top of the leader board, Combined Universities and Colleges seem set to continue winning ways when they square off against Central Titans in round three of the Jamaica Cricket Association Super League two-day tournament today.

The two will be in action at Chedwin Park, starting at 10:00 am each day.

Combined Universities sit comfortably atop the standings on seven points by virtue of strong bowling performances from spinners Odane Vassell and Oshane Walters, which led them to a convincing 106-run victory over Eastern Tigers after scoring 171 & 210-7 dec. The Tigers could only muster 97 & 178.

Both Vassell and Walters, who ended with match hauls of 8-53 and 9-28, respectively, are once again expected to lead the firing line against a formidable Titans batting attack, while Captain Paul Palmer and Chadwick Walton, who both scored half-centuries on last, will be the main antagonists in their batting department.

Despite failing to collect maximum points in their last contest against Northern Panthers, the Titans' class is now gradually coming to the fore and they will now be hoping to make it third time lucky. They currently occupy fourth position on four points.

A lot will be riding on in form opening batsman Trevon Griffiths and Kennar Lewis, who both missed out on milestones with scores of 91 and 46 respectively when leading the Titans to first-innings honours, with scores of 243-9 dec and 18-2 against the Panthers' 115 and 267 in the drawn game.

Leg-spinner Odean Brown, who ended with match figures of 8-81, should prove a handful for the Combined Universities batsmen.

Another key contest will take place at Melbourne Oval, where second-placed Southern Seals on four points oppose Eastern Tigers, who are currently at the foot of the six-team standings with a point.

The Seals had very little to do in their drawn game against Western Warriors, as they only batted one innings, posting 129, with Romaine Morris leading the way with a solid half-century.

The Tigers will be without Captain Damion Jacobs, who is away in Antigua for West Indies A camp, ahead of their Sri Lanka series.

Their campaign has been one of disappointment thus far, though they are one of the few teams with a lot of depth in both the batting and bowling departments.

Third-placed Western Warriors on four points will welcome fifth-placed Northern Panthers, on two points, to Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium for what should be an evenly contested fixture.