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Kingston aims to make amends with 50-over title

Published:Tuesday | October 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Kingston's Brandon King File

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Kingston Cricket Club captain, Brandon King, says now that his team is through to the quarter-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-over Tournament, their goal is to go one better than they did in the Senior Cup and lift the title.

Kingston, who defeated Kensington by 58 runs at Sabina Park in preliminary round action at the weekend, were beaten in the final of the two-day Senior Cup by the Jamaica Defence Force.

"Defeating Kensington was a good result for us as it also secured our passage through to the next round," said King.

"This, for us, is very important as having reached the final of the Senior (Cup) and missing out, the aim is to win this competition."

Kingston, who with the win over Kensington consolidated their lead atop Zone A, were led to victory on the back of a half-century from Aaron Johnson and a five-wicket haul from pacer Boris Hutchinson.

The big-hitting Johnson made 72, inclusive of three sixes and six fours, in helping Kingston to 188 off 43.4 overs.

King, with 28, best supported Johnson against David Bernard Jr, three for 44, and youth pacer, Malcolm Whyte, two for 31.

Kensington, in response, were then bowled out for 130 off 35.4 overs, with Hutchinson leading the way with five for 25. Whyte, 31, and Horace Miller, 20, made most runs for the losers.

"We did not bat as well as we had wanted. We got off to a flyer, had a good start at 100 for one off 15 overs, but then lost our way. We wanted 250 or more. However, in the end our bowlers pulled it off by bowling tight and in the right areas," said King.

Kingston are now on maximum 16 points from four matches. They are followed by defending champions and fellow qualifiers Melbourne, who are on 14 points. The later's fourth match against Boys' Town ended in a no-result due to rain.

Kensington, who needed to win to have a chance of qualifying, bowed out of contention, having totalled only eight points from their four outings.

The zone's other match, between St Thomas and Lucas at Goodyear Oval, saw the former coming out on top by 73 runs. St Thomas made 233, to which Lucas replied with 160.