Kingston CC off mark in Jam T20 bashment


Kingston CC off mark in Jam T20 bashment

Monday, May 27, 2019

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Kingston CC got their first win of the Jam T20 season on Saturday, beating Zone A opponents Kingston & St Andrew CA by five wickets in a low-scoring round two encounter at Sabina Park.

Batsman Brian Latore, who made 30 not out, rescued Kingston from a precarious 10-3 to lift them to 84-5, as the visitors were tumbled over for 80 on a pitch that was challenging for batsmen due to excess moisture.

Scores: Kingston & St Andrew 80 (18.5 overs); Kingston 84-5 (15.1 overs).

Javaughn Buchanan, the Kingston captain, was satisfied despite losing five wickets chasing a small total.

“We're happy for the win. It was not the ideal Twenty20 wicket but we got the job done and got off the mark for the season. The wicket was a little bit difficult — we had some moisture right throughout and the balls were seaming around,” Buchanan told the Jamaica Observer during a post-game interview

The Kingston & St Andrew skipper Jameel Bryan praised his team's tenacity in trying to defend 80, but felt they were let down by sloppy catching.

“We fought though the wicket was on the slow side. We dropped a few crucial chances at crucial times, but such is the nature of the game. We just have to go back to the drawing board and put on the finishing touches,” he said.

Taking first strike, the Kingston & St Andrew batsmen struggled to time the ball and were also unable to counter sideways movement and were blown away cheaply.

Number seven batsman Albert Rose top-scored with a run-a-ball 23. Kingston's left-arm spinner Patrick Harty claimed 4-17, while pacers James McDonald and Boris Hutchinson claimed 3-21 and 2-12, respectively.

The home team was off to the worst possible start when Brandon King was dismissed by pacer Everton O'Haro from the first ball of the innings.

They also lost Kirk McKenzie (three) and Buchanan (three) in quick succession, but Latore hit four boundaries from 42 balls to help steer Kingston home.

Lionel Morant supported with 21 before he was out with victory just in sight.

In Zone B, Manchester CA defeated Westmoreland CA by seven wickets in a rain-abbreviated contest at Manchester High School.

Batting first, Westmoreland managed 121-8 with Ockeeno Farquharson leading the way with a 24-ball 40. Manchester's Terence West and Gordon Bryan grabbed 3-21 and 2-22, respectively.

The hosts coasted in their reply of 124-3, as openers Tristan Coleman (43 from 30) and Brian Clarke (39 from 45) laid the platform with an 83-run stand. Oshane Walters chipped in with 26.

Jomo Thompson, with 2-20, was Westmoreland's best bowler.

Scores: Westmoreland 121-8 (18 overs); Manchester 124-3 (16.1 overs).

In an enthralling Zone B game at Sir P's Oval, hosts Clarendon CA pulled off a one-wicket victory over St Catherine CC.

Former Innswood High teammates Jeavor Royal, who lashed a 37-ball 85, and Carlos Brown, who made 51 not out from 35 deliveries, helped St Catherine to 183-3, but number nine batsman Krishmar Santokie almost single-handedly gave Clarendon the win with a swashbuckling 81 not out from 44 balls.

Scores: St Catherine CC 183-3 (20 overs); Clarendon 187-9 (19.5 overs).

— Sanjay Myers

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