Cricket

Tigers, Seals settle for draw

...after rain hampers JCA Super League feature contest

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, October 02, 2017

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Eastern Tigers will have a lot of catching up to do if they are to have a chance at winning the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Super League two-day competition after their third-round feature contest against Southern Seals ended in a no-result at Melbourne Oval yesterday.

With Saturday's first day being abandoned after a mere 4.1 overs, the inclement weather also played a hand on yesterday's second day without a ball being bowled.

The planned 9:30 am start was delayed as persistent overnight showers soaked through the covers and a burst of afternoon showers, shortly after the lunch period, added further problems to an already wet surface, thereby forcing the umpires to pull the plug on the game.

The Tigers had earlier won the toss and inserted the Seals, who got to 9-1 before Mother Nature intervened. Keno Wallace got the wicket of Kerry Holness for naught.

Both teams walked away with a point, which pushed the Seals up to five points in third position, while the Tigers remain at the foot of the six-team table on two points.

Tigers captain Garth Garvey, standing in for Damion Jacobs who is away at West Indies A camp in Antigua, expressed disappointment with their current position.

“We are disappointed that we didn't get a chance to challenge for maximum points, but it's nature and we have no control over that and we know that we are at the bottom of the table, so we just have to come back strong next week and get at least two outright victories going into the second stage,” Garvey told the Jamaica Observer.

“We don't want to put ourselves under pressure as players and that's what I told my team. We just have to come out positive and be as relaxed as possible, because putting ourselves under pressure with the game won't help our cause, so we just have to come out, play free cricket and apply ourselves as best as possible for the weeks to come,” the tournament's leading run scorer with 133 runs added.

Meanwhile, Seals captain Jermaine Blackwood was also saddened by the outcome.

“I am a bit disappointed because the guys were really looking forward to put in a good performance because some of the players are really hungry for runs; we have a young group of guys and they want to go out there and showcase their talent.

“So though the weather played a part this week, the guys can come back next week with the same approach and continue to work hard and hopefully they can get maximum points next week,” he noted.

The attacking middle order batsman, who will depart for West Indies duties in a tour of Zimbabwe in the coming weeks, was happy for the time back home.

“It is always a pleasure to come back and play some club/franchise cricket at home. I am always looking to score runs and always in good form. unfortunately again this week I didn't get a chance at bat, so it is sad that I have to depart, but I hope the guys get some wins under their belt,” he said.

The other fixture between leaders Combined Universities and Colleges (eight points) and fourth-placed Central Titans (five points) ended in an exciting draw at Chedwin Park.

Scores: Combined Universities and Colleges 197 all out (67.2 overs); Central Titans 177-8 (41 overs).

The Titans won the toss and bowled out the Combined Universities for 197 shortly after the lunch interval, after they resumed at 65-1.

In-form batsman Chadwick Walton added 18 to his overnight score of 34 to lead the way with his second-half-century of the tournament, scoring 52, with young wicketkeeper/batsman Randre Christie contributing 44.

Spinners Jeavor Royal (3-35) and Peat Salmon (3-56), along with Romario Edwards (2-22), did the damage with the ball.

The Titans in reply limped to 177 when play was stopped. Kennar Lewis again got amongst the runs, scoring an even 50, with Albert Gopie left unbeaten on 44, against Christopher Powell (3-52) and Odane Vassell (3-61).

Meanwhile, Western Warriors slipped into second position on seven points by virtue of first-innings honours against fifth-placed Northern Panthers (three points) in their drawn encounter at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

Scores: Western Warriors 254-9 (78 overs); Northern Panthers 142 all out (53.3 overs).

The Warriors, asked to take first strike, improved their overnight score of 213-9 to 254-9 declared, with Myron Wilson adding 18 to his overnight score of 44 to post an unbeaten 62, joining Leonardo Friginette (62) and Dennis Bulli (43) as the main run getters.

Panthers captain Damani Sewell ended with 5-54, with support coming from pacer Nicholson Gordon (2-43) and Herman Henry (2-24).

Spinner Dennis Bulli then grabbed an impressive 8-51 to bowl over the Panthers for 142 with Always Williams (62) offering most resistance.

After taking first innings the Warriors enforced the follow-on, but the heavens opened just before the players could take the field, forcing an end to the game.

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