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Rain stalls feature contest in JCA Super League

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Eastern Tigers and Southern Seals will have all to play for on today's second day of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Super League two-day competition, after rain forced an early end to day one of their third-round feature contest at Melbourne Oval yesterday.

Only 4.1 overs were possible after the Tigers, who are at the foot of the six-team table on a point, won the toss and inserted the second-placed Seals (four points) in overcast conditions.

They made early inroads when Keno Wallace removed Kerry Holness for naught, before Zeniffe Fowler, not out on seven, and Shahid Crooks, who is yet to score, went about the rebuilding phase.

However, the heavens opened shortly before lunch causing an almost three-hour delay and play was later called off by the umpires at minutes to four during an inspection, due to persistent showers.

Fowler and Crooks will resume batting with the Seals at 9-1 with first ball scheduled for 9:30 am by virtue of the loss of time.

The other fixture between leaders Combined Universities and Colleges (seven points) and fourth-placed Central Titans (four points) was also called off early due to the inclement weather.

The Titans won the toss and fielded first in the game being played at Chedwin Park instead of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, as was earlier stated, and they restricted the Combined Universities to 65-1 in 20 overs, before rain stopped play.

Inform batsman Chadwick Walton, unbeaten on 34, and captain Paul Palmer, on six, will resume batting for the Combined Universities, after Odain McCatty (15) was run out by Marcel Parchment.

Play in that fixture is also set for 9:30 am restart.

Meanwhile, fifth-placed Northern Panthers (two points) and third-placed Western Warriors were evenly poised in their encounter over at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

The Panthers won the toss and opted to bowl first, and did well to contain the Warriors to 213-9 from 66 overs when play was called off.

Leonardo Friginette (62) and Dennis Bulli (43) laid the platform for the Warriors, before Myron Wilson, who is so far unbeaten on 44, took up the mantle to put his team in a good position.

Wilson and Andrew Walker, on two, will resume batting today, also at 9:30 am.

Panthers captain Damani Sewell, bowling his off-spin, has so far snared 5-54 from his 20 overs, with support coming from pacer Nicholson Gordon (2-43) and Herman Henry (2-24).

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.