Cricket

Rain plays key role as JCA Super League bowls off

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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The chances of Northern Panthers or the Combined Universities and Colleges grabbing the early ascendancy in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Super League was dampened as yesterday's first day of their two-day contest was called off without a ball being bowled.

This was due to the fact that areas on the pitch, as well as in the outfield, including the bowlers' run-up at G C Foster College, were still wet as a result of persistent afternoon showers on Friday into yesterday morning.

By virtue of the loss of time, first ball on today's second and final day has been moved up to 9:30 am, providing that there will be no more delay.

With the winner of the two-day competition, which features six franchise teams playing home and away, being determined by the team with the highest number of points at the end of 10 rounds, both coaches were left disappointed with the abandonment of the first day's play.

The top franchise of the flagship competition, that will change the process of how players are selected for regional tournaments, will walk away with the winners' trophy and $500,000.

“I am very disappointed because whenever we come to a cricket ground we always come to play, but nature took its course and the field was unsuitable for play.

“But tomorrow (today) is another day and obviously it seems like a first-innings game, so hopefully we can come out and leave here with more points,” Shane Brooks, assistant manager/coach of the Paul Palmer-captained Combined Universities and Colleges team, told the Jamaica Observer.

Meanwhile, Cleon Smith, coach of the Damani Sewell-captained Northern Panthers unit, remains optimistic.

“We want to play cricket that's why we are out here, so any time lost in a match must be a disappointment. But it is beyond our control as the field is not in the shape for play, so we just have to work with it,” Smith told the Observer.

“However, we remain optimistic that we can come out tomorrow and leave here with some points. This is nothing new to the players and I am sure they will still give a good account of themselves,” he added.

Rain also had a say in the Western Warriors versus Eastern Tigers contest at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

The Tigers won the toss, opted to bowl first and did well to restrict the Warriors to 181-9 and were four without loss when rain stopped play.

Scores: Western Warriors 181-9 (54.2 overs); Eastern Tigers 4-0 (1.5 overs).

The Warriors' total was orchestrated by a 108-run opening stand between Jermaine Harrison (48) and Rasheed Outar (46), with Leighton Leslie (37) chipping in at the end, after Dennis Bulli (seven) retired hurt after being hit on the arm.

Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the pick of the Tigers bowlers with five for 30 in 10.2 overs. He was supported by Paul Harrison (2-36) and Odean Smith (2-38).

Garth Garvey (three) and Tareque White, who is yet to score, will resume the Tigers innings today at 10:00 am.

Meanwhile, the Central Titans closed at 59-2 in their contest against Southern Seals at Treasure Beach Sports Park in St Elizabeth.

Scores: Southern Seals 151 all out; Central Titans 59-2.

Jamie Merchant and Byron Gordon, led the Seals' scoring with 40 each, with Zeniffe Fowler contributing 36. Left-arm swing bowler Krishmar Santokie (2-17), Romario Edwards (2-18) and Marcel Parchment (2-19) did the damage for the Titans with the ball.

Stephen Taylor, 28 not out, and Albert Gopie, 18 not out, will resume batting for the Titans today at 10:00 am. Gordon Bryan took both wickets for 23 runs in five overs.

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