JDF in control of Senior Cup semi
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) were in cruise control at the end of day one of their Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup semi-final showdown with Kingston at Up Park Camp yesterday.
The army men, who are looking to defend their crown, were 243 for four when stumps were drawn amidst two rain interruptions.
Talented young batsman Sean Bennett, 45; the tournament's leading runs scorer Joseph Palmer, 43; as well as Marlon Pinnock, 47 not out, have lead the soldiers' batting efforts thus far.
Captain Damian Grey, 39, is the other not out batsman with the pair, so far, adding 80 for the fifth wicket.
Former Combined Campuses and Colleges pacer Boris Hutchinson, and left-arm spinners Paul Harrison, one for 40, and Patrick Harty, one for 42, have taken most wickets thus far.
"I would say it was a pretty good day for us," said Grey. "We were scoring (well) as despite the rain interruptions, we ended at almost four runs per over."
He added: "Come tomorrow (today), the aim is to bat for another 40 minutes, or 58 runs to get past the 300 runs mark."
Kingston, in the meanwhile, according to Harrison, is hoping for a better day today, noting that whatever runs are eventually scored, they will be going for them.
"Our plan is to try and restrict them to under 300," said Harrison, "and even if they were to score 300 or more, we back ourselves to go after it."
The other semi-final, in the meanwhile, between St Catherine CC and St Catherine CA at Chedwin Park, was not played.
It was postponed due to a protest lodged by Kensington to the JCA Competitions and Complaints Committee regarding St Catherine CA being awarded a no-result point during their quarter-final encounter last weekend at Ewarton Bauxite.
Kensington contends that they should have been awarded full points for the encounter given that, due to a lack of adequate pitch covers, rain forced an abandonment of the first day as well as half of the second day.
A ruling on the matter is to be made later this week.