Cricket

Universities slay Tigers, take pole position in JCA Super League

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Combined Campuses and Colleges strengthened their position as a top contender in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Super League, as they registered an emphatic 106-run victory over Eastern Tigers in the two-day contest at Melbourne Cricket Club.

The Tigers, chasing a victory of 285, were bowled out for 178 on Sunday with lower order batsman Odean Smith top-scoring with 35. Andre McCarthy added 32 in an innings that was marred by poor stroke play on a good batting strip.

Spinner Oshane Walters did the damage with the ball, snaring 7-16 off 15 overs to end with match figures of 9-28. Left-arm spinner Odane Vassell, who grabbed six on Saturday's first day, supported with 2-24. He ended with match figures of 8-53.

Earlier, the Combined Campuses, who held a slender, 74-run, first-innings lead on Saturday, posted 210-7 declared in their second innings.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton led with 74, backed by Captain Paul Palmer with an unbeaten 61.

Spinner Paul Harrison (2-44) and young seamer Oshane Thomas (2-28) were the pick of the bowlers.

Scores: Combined Universities 171 (51.2 overs) & 210-7 dec (44 overs); Eastern Tigers 97 (24.5 overs) & 178 (38.1 overs)

Resuming on their overnight score of 35-1, Walton and Palmer went about business in a workmanlike manner; in an 82-run, second-wicket stand that was dominated by the former. Walton slammed seven fours and five sixes in adding 56 runs to his overnight score of 18.

After Walton fell to Oshane Thomas, Palmer found another useful partner in Leroy Lugg (29) as the two added 49 for the third wicket before leg-spinner Damion Jacobs accounted for the latter.

Three quick wickets fell with the score at 157, but Palmer was unperturbed and brought up his half-century in an innings which included eight fours and one six, before the declaration came.

It was always expected to be a tough chase for the Tigers, but given the quality and depth of their batting, one would have been brave to bet against them.

However, they were caught on the back foot at 67-3 shortly after the tea interval, despite a 41-run opening stand between Garth Garvey (24) and Tareque White (18).

McCarthy added impetus to the innings with a few lusty blows, but it proved futile as they failed to effectively navigate the bowling of Walters, and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.

With defeat staring them in the face, Smith freed his arms, hitting six boundaries and a six in a 40-run, last-wicket stand with Thomas, but the damage was already done.

Central Titans and Northern Panthers — for a second time — shared the spoils, as their feature contest ended in a draw at Chedwin Park.

Scores: Northern Panthers 115 (35.1 overs) & 267 (73.3 overs); Central Titans 243-9 dec (47.2 overs) & 18-2 (2 overs)

The Titans, resuming at 209-7 in their first innings, posted a lead of 128 runs, after declaring at 243-9.

Trevon Griffiths (91) and Kennar Lewis (46) led the batting for the Titans, against Nicholson Gordon's 5-76.

However the Panthers, led by Marlon Johnson (74) and John Campbell (52), replied with 267 to set the Titans a victory target of 139 runs. Odean Brown took 4-62 to end with match figures of 8-81.

The other contest between Western Warriors and Southern Seals also ended in a draw at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

Scores: Western Warriors 159 (57.2 overs) & 118-5 (53 overs); Southern Seals 129 (48 overs).

Jermaine Harrison led the Warriors' first innings with 56 against pacer Jason Dawes, who grabbed 5-41.

The Seals' reply was led by Romaine Morris (57). Dennis Bulli took 4-32.

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