Former champs Westmoreland win by 8 wickets

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Westmoreland, former champions of the Kingston Wharves Under-15 Cricket competition, defeated Hanover by eight wickets on Thursday in a low-scoring match. Hanover was invited to take first strike but were quickly all out for 49 in just 23 overs.

None of the batsmen made a meaningful contribution, while Rajay Simpson was the main destroyer, taking five for 14.

Westmoreland came in and made light work of the paltry total after racing to 50 for two to end the match quite early at Elgin Town Cricket Ground in Hanover. Sam Sanderson made 25 not out.

St Elizabeth was also in the winners' circle after they defeated Clarendon by two wickets at the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon. Clarendon batted first and were all out for 110 in 30.4 overs. Two batsmen got among the runs in Derrick Cooper - 22, and Jerome Banner - 20. Renaldo Jacobs (4 - 19) and Geovannie Townsend (3 - 20) took the majority of the wickets.

St Elizabeth replied with 111 - eight wickets in 27 overs. Romario Moxam (39) and Roberto Simpson (23) combined to give their team the win over Clarendon at their home ground. Mario Duncan (3 for 26 in nine overs) and Romain Silva (2 for 25 in eight overs) got among the wickets.

Defending champions Manchester continued to win big when they defeated St Catherine by 74 runs at Manchester High. Manchester made 144 for 8 in the reduced 40 overs due to a pitch that was not ready at the 9:30 a.m. official start time. Kevon Aanniford - 40, André Morgan - 24, and Zavier Burton - 21 contributed the most runs to the total. The wickets went to Javid Fairweather (4 - 16 in eight overs) and Shaquille Criag (2 - 49 in eight overs).

St Catherine were, however, skittled out for just 70 in 26.1 overs, with only Romain Bennett (15) getting into double figures. Zavier Burton 3 - 5 in 3.1 overs and Damion Spencer 3 - 6 in exactly four overs did the damage for Manchester.

The fourth and penultimate preliminary round of matches will be played on Monday, with seven matches across the island.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 05:20