St Catherine CC knew target was achievable - Hyatt
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Danza Hyatt, captain of St Catherine Cricket Club, said self-belief and experience were the main reasons that led his team to a four-wicket win over G.C. Foster College in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50 Overs Tournament at Chedwin Park on Saturday.
Set a competitive 254 to win, St Catherine achieved their target at 258 for six with 3.1 overs to spare, primarily thanks to half centuries from the in-form Hyatt (67) and opener Shacaya Thomas (55).
"We did not start as well as we wanted in the field, but we came back well largely due our experience and us knowing our capabilities," Hyatt said.
"It was a good wicket to bat on and as such, we knew that their runs could not beat us."
Hyatt, who scored a century two rounds before, slammed three sixes and two fours during his innings, while Thomas hit a six and two fours. The two also shared a valuable 120-run second-wicket stand.
Returning West Indies one-day all-rounder, Andre Russell, with 43, also got among the runs, against former national Under-19 representatives, off-spinner Ziggy Levy, two for 32, and all-rounder Derval Green, two for 67.
Earlier, G.C. Foster, a surprise semi-finalist after defeating two-day champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in the quarter-finals, amassed 253 for five on the back of a boundary-filled century from in-form leg-spin all-rounder, Gavin Wallace.
Wallace, a former St Cathe-rine player before he started studies at G.C. Foster, hoisted seven sixes and hit six fours. He also shared in two important partnerships of 80 for the third wicket with Green, who made 47, and 84 for the fourth wicket with Levy.
Russell, with two for 34, led the way for the Saints with Tamar Lambert, Pete Salmon and Odean Brown all sharing a wicket apiece.
"In the end, it was a good game," remarked G.C. Foster College's captain, Wallace. "They had a pretty experienced and powerful team and it was good that we put up a challenge.
"We also had one and two chances in the field which could have changed the game, but that is how it goes."
Meanwhile, St Catherine's opponent in the final is still to be known after rain brought a premature end to the second semi-final between defending champions Melbourne CC and St Elizabeth CA at Manley Horne Park.
Melbourne made 296, with captain and opener Jon-Ross Campbell making 96 against returning West Indies one-day representative, Jerome Taylor, three for 37, and sidelined Jamaica and West Indies representative, Shawn Findlay, two for 58.
St Elizabeth, after facing two rain interruptions, then reached 142 for seven off 17 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis calculations, with another three overs needed to constitute a game.
It is understood that calculations using tournament net run rates of either teams will be used to determine the other finalist.