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JDF retain Senior Cup cricket title

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 6:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) are once again Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup champions after getting the better of St Catherine CC on first innings in the final at Sabina Park yesterday.

The army men, who resumed yesterday's second and final day on 80 for four, posted 245 in their first innings in chase of St Catherine's 239.

The losers, batting a second time, then reached 96 for four when play was called off.

"To know the quality team that we beat, it feels really nice. The victory feels sweeter than last year," said JDF coach, Wayne Cuff.

"Resuming the day we knew it would be a challenge, but as I always tell people, our batting stops at number 10."

Needing another 160 runs to overhaul their target, the JDF chase was led by captain Damion Grey, spinner Dennis Bulli, and pacer Leighton Leslie.

Grey, who started the day on 12, went on to make a topscore of 52, Bulli, 38, and Leslie, 36.

"It was a good batting display firstly from Grey, and then by Dennis Bulli, who, like last year's final, showed what he is capable of with the bat."

Mikail Powell, three for 68, claimed most wickets for St Catherine with support coming from Danza Hyatt, three for 32, and Brian Buchanan, two for 58.

With first innings being secured at 3:30 p.m, play was then continued for another two hours before being called off by the umpires.

Young batsman Andre Henry with 46 and George Walker 26 made most runs in St Catherine's second turn at bat against spinner Iva Johnson, two for 17, and Leighton Leslie, two for 10.

"It was a very good game, one of the most competitive I have seen locally in a while," remarked St Catherine coach, Garwaine Johnson.

"It was also a reasonable result, as JDF played well. Grey batted well first up, and I was really impressed with the way Bulli applied himself towards the end."