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Champs JDF in Senior Cup final

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 6:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
file JDF's Iva Johnson

Title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) progressed to the final of the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup after leading Kingston on first innings points in their drawn encounter at Up Park Camp on Sunday.

The second finalists are yet to be known. Last weekend?s second semi-final between St Catherine CC and St Catherine CA was not played due to a protest lodged by Kensington with regards to the progress of St Catherine CA.

Kensington and St Catherine CA met in a quarterfinal last weekend at Ewarton Bauxite on May 23 and 24 with the game ending in a no-result due to rain.

Kensington, however, believes that the game should have been awarded to them given that due to a lack of adequate pitch covers play was lost for close to a day and a half.

A Up Park Camp on Sunday, the JDF, resuming on 243 for four, added another 65 runs before declaring at 308 for six.

Kingston, in their reply, were then bowled out for 231.

Batting a second time the JDF reached 67 for one when stumps were drawn.

?It was a good match,? said JDF coach, Wayne Cuff.

?We had a game plan coming into the second day of getting a total of 300 as quickly as possible.

?This was then achieved, and then bowlers did their thing, with Iva Johnson, who was brought in for the injured Dennis Bulli, doing a good job for us.?

The army men, in reaching their first innings target, had overnight batsmen Marlon Pinnock and captain Damian Grey to thank.

Pinnock, who was 47 overnight, went on topscore with 85, while Grey, who resumed on 39, contributed 62.

Left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, three for 62, led the way for ?The Tigers? with pacer Boris Hutchinson two for 58, and fellow left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, two for 60, providing support.

When Kingston batted, they were undermined by the off-spin of Johnson, who claimed four for 53, and consistent pacer Leighton Leslie, who picked up three for 50.

National youth player Abhijah Mansingh, 47, Garth Garvey 33, and Allan Roper, 30, made most runs for the losers with Brandon King getting 26.

?They played better than us and deserved to win,? explained Kingston manager, Nehemiah Perry.

?We did not show the requisite application throughout, and they played good, aggressive cricket.?