Massive victory puts JDF in Senior Cup final
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Kingston and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will contest the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup after registering contrasting wins over Melbourne and Manchester, respectively, yesterday.
The JDF defeated Melbourne by an impressive nine wickets at Up Park Camp, while Kingston turned back the challenge of Manchester on first innings points, at Chedwin Park.
The army men, who resumed the day on 204 for five in chase of 269 made by Melbourne in their first innings, went on to post 337.
Nightwatchman, pacer Iva Johnson, who started the day on one, went on to make 48 and in the process lead the soldiers past their target.
He was also supported by fast bowler Leighton Leslie, who hit 34, and captain Damion Gray, who scored 30.
Left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont, who was belatedly introduced into the bowling attack by captain André McCarthy, claimed seven for 67.
National leg-spinner Damion Jacobs ended with two for 108.
Batting a second time, Melbourne, 68 runs behind, were then blown away for 122, with veteran Joseph Palmer taking five for 25.
Opener Jon-Ross Campbell, 55; Tafari Williams, 16; and Sadiki Bolt, 15; made most runs.
Set 55 for victory, the JDF then coasted to 57 for one.
Kingston, in the meanwhile, were led to honours by off-spinner Akeem Frazer, four for 55, and left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, four for 66.
Their tally helped to restrict Manchester to 201 after they had resumed the day at 34 for four in chase of 332.
Spinner David Powell, 69, and Tristan Coleman, 36, led the way for Manchester.
Kingston, batting a second time and enjoying a lead of 131, then closed on 226 for four.
Brian Clarke, 78; Lionel Morant, 53; and Garth Garvey, 43, made most runs, while first innings centurion Brandon King fell for 35.
"We always knew that as defending champions, Mel-bourne would have given us a challenge, so to come and get the better of them really feels good," said JDF captain, Grey.
"We are now looking forward to the final, where we should have a boost with Sheldon (Cottrell) coming back from the Caribbean Premier League."
"We lost the game from in the first innings, as we thought it was a defendable total but fielded poorly," said McCarthy. "But congrats to JDF, they were the better team over the two days."