Jamaica Gleaner / Coach of St Catherine Cricket Club Milton Thomas has described as satisfying the result of his team claiming first innings over Kingston CC in their drawn top-of-the-table Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash at Sabina Park yesterday.
St Catherine, who entered the fixture with a perfect three wins from as many starts, claimed the initiative after scoring 267 in their first innings. This was in response to Kingston’s competitive first-innings total of 259.
Batting a second time, Kingston, on the back of 101 from the big-hitting Aaron Johnson and 73 from national middle-order batsman Fabian Allen, declared their second innings at 210 for four, following which, the match was called off.
“At the start of the season when we got the fixtures, there were different targets that we set for different teams, and getting at least first innings from Kingston was one such,” said Thomas.
“We know that they have some good national players like us and as such, were likely to make the match competitive, and so said, so done. The match swung from end to end, but in the end, led by our captain Tamar Lambert, we were able to bat with patience.”
The 36-year-old Lambert, who, earlier this year, the team to the national one-day title, ended unbeaten on 55 in St Catherine’s first innings runs chase.
PRECARIOUS POSITION They resumed the day in a precarious position – 171 for six – however, with Lambert shepherding their lower-order batsmen, they were able to achieve their target.
Wicketkeeper Darnell McCallum, who was 37 not out overnight, went on to 40 and emerged as the innings fourth-highest scorer following knocks of 46 from Kennar Lewis and 43 from Jaevor Royal on day one.
Part-time seamer Garth Garvey with four for 51 and national left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, three for 22, took the most wickets for Kingston.
The hosts were dropping first innings points for the first time this season, this, following previous results of two wins and draw.
JAMAICA: St Catherine, Kingston all square in Senior Cup
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