JCA Super League resumes today

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Following a two-week break due to inclement weather across the island, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Super League two-day tournament resumes today with leaders Combined Universities and Colleges facing cellar dwellers Eastern Tigers in the Round Four feature contest at Melbourne Oval.

In the other fixtures, third-placed Central Titans (five points) will visit fifth-placed Northern Panthers (three points) at Kaiser Sports Club in St Ann, while second-placed Western Warriors (seven points) will also be away to fourth-placed Southern Seals (five points) at Treasure Beach Sports Park in St Elizabeth.

First ball on each day is scheduled for 10:00 am.

After a strong performance in round two where they hammered today's opponents by 106 runs, Combined Universities and Colleges just failed to take first innings honours from the Titans in their drawn contest of round three.

Combined Colleges led by in-form Chadwick Walton, who achieved his second half-century of the tournament in that game, scored 197 and had the Titans in a spot of bother at 177-8 when play was stopped.

Despite the break, the Paul Palmer-captained team should still be peaking and could very much resume winning ways with another big performance against the Tigers, who have failed to really threaten thus far.

Palmer and Walton, who both scored half-centuries against the Tigers in their previous meeting, will again be the main antagonists in the Combined Colleges batting department.

Spinners 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 to be led by captain Garth Garvey.

The Titans will also be confident of going one better this time around against Northern Panthers, after collecting first innings honours in their previous meeting. The Titans pack a very strong bowling attack, which is once again expected to prove a handful for the Panthers.

Trevon Griffiths, Stephen Taylor, Albert Gopie and Kennar Lewis, who have all been the chief scorers for the Titans thus far, are expected to keep the spin powered Panthers bowling attack to be led by Captain Damani Sewell and Christopher Lamont at bay.

Meanwhile, the Southern Seals and Western Warriors ended in a stalemate in their previous meeting, but a mouth-watering clash is now brewing, despite the Seals being without star batsman Jermaine Blackwood.

Myron Wilson and Jermaine Harrison, who have led the run charge for the Warriors so far, are once again expected to put in a strong performance, while the tournament's leading wicket-taker Dennis Bulli should cause some problems with the ball.

The winner of the two-day competition will be determined by the team with highest number of points at the end of 10 rounds. The top franchise will walk away with the winners' trophy and $500,000.

The six franchise teams will play home and away in the flagship competition that will change the process of how players are selected for regional tournaments.

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