Outar century lead JDF past Manchester
Former national Under-19 and Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) batsman Rasheed Outar has described the time it took him to score a century against Manchester CA in the second round of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island Limited Overs Championship at the weekend as "hard".
Outar, a former Jamaica senior team trials invitee, hit 115 to help pilot his team to a 27 runs win over Manchester at Up Park Camp.
The soldiers, who were asked to take first strike, posted 293 for seven off their allotted 50 overs. Sean Bennett with 60 best supported Outar with 60 against Damian Bryce two for 50 off seven overs.
Manchester, in reply, were then limited to 266 off 40.5 overs with Sherdon Allen getting 97 and sidelined national off-spinner Jamie Merchant 53.
West Indies 'A' fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, who recently returned from Sri Lanka after picking up an injury, in returning to action, claimed four for 41 off nine overs, while Rayon Bennett finished with three for 46.
"It is one of my hardest hundreds, as batting, it was not flowing,'' stated Outar, who was dismissed in the 50th over while attempting to help his team set a bigger total.
FINDING THE GAPS
"I was not middling the ball with the bat most of the times, I was not finding the gaps that often, and it took a lot out of me.
"As a matter fact, I had to run a lot of twos and threes, and scored only one boundary in the first fifty runs I made.
"But I wanted the hundred, so I spent as much time at the crease as I could, and in the latter part of my innings, the runs started to flow.''
The win was the second for the JDF in as many matches.
Elsewhere, St Thomas got the better of defending champions St Catherine CC by 176 runs, Kensington defeated St Mary by seven wickets, Clarendon edged Melbourne by one wicket, St Catherine CA beat Lucas by two wickets, St Ann defeated Kingston and St Andrew by 81 runs, and St James overcame the challenge of Boys' Town by five wickets.
The Portland versus Trelawny encounter at Folly Oval was not played due to rain.