Jacobs leads Kingston Hurricanes to win
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
National leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and batsman Aaron Johnson were in fine form yesterday during Kingston Hurricanes' 48-run win over Mandeville Thunders in the opening round of the Jamaica Premier League Twenty20 at Manley Horne Park, St Elizabeth.
Jacobs, who made his regional first-class debut last year, took three for 17 to help bowl out Mandeville for 124 off 16.2 overs after they set a target of 163 to win.
He was best supported by left-arm spinner Thavi Spencer, who claimed three for 24. Gary Graham, 36, and West Indies Under-19 batsman Tristan Coleman, who chipped in with 32, made the most runs for Mandeville.
Earlier, the Hurricanes were led to 162 off their maximum 20 overs by the big-hitting Johnson, who plays two-day Senior Cup and one-day cricket for Kingston Cricket Club.
He hit a top score of 52 and was ably supported by Carlton Baugh, Jr, who scored 33.
Left-arm spinner David Powell, two for 22, and national off-spinner Jamie Merchant, two for 32, led the way for for the losers.
"It is good to know that we are off to a winning start, and the hope from here is that we will continue in our other matches," said Hurricanes' captain, Yannick Elliott.
"We batted well enough to get to a good score, and in terms of our bowling and fielding, we were spot on, with Jacobs and Spencer bowling really well," he added.
lack of cohesion
Barry Barnes, coach of Mandeville, in the meanwhile, believes a lack of cohesion caused his team the game.
"At the start of a tournament, where you don't get to play a lot of practice matches, its kind of difficult to get cohesiveness going," said Barnes.
"We bowled fairly well in patches, but batted terribly with us not rotating the strike properly and focusing too much on hitting boundaries," Barnes said.
Six parish capital-based franchise teams are participating in the six-week tournament, with the winners of the round-robin first round advancing to the final.
The runners and third-place teams will thereafter play off for the other final berth.