Harrison's seven-wicket haul gives Kingston opening win

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - A seven-wicket haul from Paul Harrison carried Kingston CC to a 10-wicket win over St Thomas CA in the first round of the Jamaica Cricket Association two-day Senior Cup at Sabina Park yesterday.

Harrison claimed seven for 29 in St Thomas' second innings total of 84 for nine, which in the end set Kingston a victory target of 21.

The home then went about the formalities by recording 22 without loss with Brian Clarke 14 not out, and Andre Bryce, eight not, leading the way.

Bryce had earlier made a topscore of 49 in Kingston's first innings total of 161.

He was best supported by West Indies Under-19 batsman, Brandon King, 28, and Lionel Morant, 27 not out.

St Thomas, in their first innings, made 96 for nine.

This was after the visitors batted one short after the injury of Jamie Trenchfield, who was hit in the face through his helmet, while facing a delivery from fast bowler Nicholson Gordon.

Gordon, who was earlier this season drafted in Jamaica's four-day squad, but did not get a game, led Kingston's first innings performance with four for 14.

Garth Garvey, three for 23, also got among the wickets.

"It was a good opening result," said Kingston coach, Terrence Corke.

"We bowled well and we did not drop any catches, albeit our batting left a lot to be desired.

"But, I am not too concerned. Most of the players seem to still be stuck in T20 mode, and it may take another two or three matches for them to get back into two-day cricket mode."

Corke, former Jamaica senior team captain, also gave views on his team's chances this season.

"It's a young team and we are not looking to win this Senior Cup this year. We are mainly looking at being competitive this year.

"But, if it (the title) comes we will definitely take it."

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 05:43