Eagles skipper King says he's 'fairly pleased' with performance

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Eastern Eagles skipper Brandon King was relatively pleased despite his team's failure to secure an outright win against Western Warriors in the third-round Jamaica Cricket Association Super League match at Melbourne Oval.

At the close on Sunday's final day of the two-day contest, Western Warriors were 172-4 in their second innings after being asked to follow-on.

Earlier, the Warriors were dismissed for 171 in their first innings after the Eagles had amassed 392-9 declared thanks to Andre McCarthy's punishing knock of 180.

Scores: Eagles 392-9 decl; Warriors 171 & 172-4.

“I'm fairly pleased. It is not easy to get outright victories in this competition because it's the best playing against the best,” King told the Jamaica Observer shortly after play was called off on Sunday.

“It was a matter of time — we only one session to try and bowl them out again. And it was mainly down to the spinners because pace wasn't really effective on this wicket.”

The Eagles captain was encouraged by his team's batting after their lukewarm start to the tournament.

“We had some good individual performances and we batted a bit better as a team than we did in the first game. We got a really good total and we were trying to bowl them out a second time, but it didn't happen,” King said.

Aside from McCarthy's 167-ball innings, Garth Garvey struck 70 and Cassius Burton chipped in with 42 against Warriors' pacer Reynard Leveridge who claimed 4-82.

In the Warriors first-innings reply openers Jermaine Harrison (63) and Andre Bryce (48) added 83, while Captain Dennis Bulli (32) propped up the lower order but left-arm spinners Patrick Harty and Ryan Francis claimed 6-61 and 4-48, respectively, to give the Eagles control.

The Warriors were much better batting a second time as left-hander Rasheed Outar eased to a top score of 67. Harrison and Bryce contributed 37 and 30, respectively. Harty grabbed 3-49.

Bulli was pleased with his side's improved batting in the second innings.

“I'm grateful to pull off a draw against a good team. We batted better in the second innings, showed more character [and] showed more skill. We lack experience in bowling and batting, but by now we see our weaknesses and we are learning and looking to push on from there,” he told the Observer.

At Treasure Beach Sports Complex in St Elizabeth, Southern Seals had to settle for first-innings honours in a rain-affected encounter with Central Titans.

Scores: Seals 194 and 111-5; Titans 163.

At Noranda Sports Club in St Ann, Northern Panthers beat Combined Universities and Colleges by an innings and five runs.

Scores: Universities and Colleges 100 and 137; Panthers 242.

— Sanjay Myers

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