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Published:Saturday | February 18, 2017 | 2:00 AM
West Indies fast bowling great Michael Holding (left) greets fans at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

Hot Edgewater FC face Braeton in semis

Red hot Edgewater will clash with Braeton United in the opening game of a double-header in the semi-finals of the Portmore Division Two Football League tomorrow, at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex. Match time is 1 p.m.

Edgewater warmed up for the semi-finals with a big 5-0 thrashing of Westchester in their final preliminary round game. Edgewater also defeated their semi-final opponents 3-0 two weeks ago.

In the second semi-final at 3 p.m. Southborough will oppose Racing United.

In results last Sunday, Braeton surprised Southborough 3-0; Racing United clipped Cumberland 3-2 and Waterford drew 3-3 with Three West.

 

Four teams maintain perfect records

Four teams have perfect records in the Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Portmore-St Catherine League after five rounds of matches.

Defending champions Fort International racked up their fifth win in as many matches as they whipped Garveymeade 300-217. Also winning five of five games are Eradication who thrashed Exceptional 300-242; Waterhouse United, also with a perfect record, dismantled Mechanical Strikers 300-270 and Spring Village, also unbeaten, stunned Braeton All Stars 300-235. However, the biggest upset of the fifth round was Correctional Services' shock 300-295 win over Links United (Formerly Spit Fyah). In other games, Naggo Head stopped Felluchi Strikers 300-290; Right Stuff beat Masterpiece 300-288; Kens Wildflower defeated Memory Lane 300-286 and Soursop Tree got past Chedwin Strikers 300-256.

 

Henriques tops Pre-Florida Open Pistol show

Orville Henriques continued his amazing dominance of home turf at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club by easily winning the Pre-Florida Open pistol tournament last weekend in Lincoln, Mandeville.

Henriques has not lost a single competitive match in Mandeville since August 2014 and he was fastest on all eight stages and dominated the points except for Stage Four dubbed This can hurt you, where Paul Dixon surprised all with victory.

Thomas Jones finished second overall with 71 per cent followed by Ellsworth Dixon at 68 per cent. Budding shooter Lyle Swaby shot a creditable 61 per cent to finish fifth, edging out Alvin Amore. Established pro, Owen Campbell, had his worse finish in terms of percentages since 2014, managing sixth at 42 per cent.

 

Oliphant, McKenzie dominate Knox 5K

 

Professional walkers Jon Oliphant and Natasha McKenzie wrote a bit of local history for themselves after winning the Knox High School 5k Run Walk race in Spaldings last weekend.

Oliphant won the 5.2 K walk in 29 minutes by a city block, while McKenzie had no challengers in the female section, winning in 33 minutes. The two had previously won the walk races organised by the Knox Junior and Knox Community College.

 

Semi-final places loom in South Central Confed league

There is no change again at the top of the South Central Super League following nine rounds of matches in the preliminary stage.

St Bess FC of St Elizabeth and Tru-Juice of St Catherine, who entered the round on 19 points each were pegged to just one point each after both had drawn results.

St Bess who has the overall lead on goal difference, were held 0-0 by struggling Hillstars of Manchester while Tru-Juice ended 2-2 against parish counterparts Dunbeholden.

The two front runners, along with former National Premier League campaigners Rivoli and Sporting Central, are now on course for the semi-finals. Black Star of St Elizabeth and Dunbeholden are, however, still in striking distance.

Interestingly, New Bowens of Clarendon, who are in tenth place on seven points, were the only team to record a win and this came in a 2-0 effort against parish mates Kemps Hill, who are unlikely to avoid relegation at this stage.

 

Porus take over Major League lead

 

 

Porus are now the sole leaders of the Manchester Football Association Magnum-Captain's Bakery Major League after outscoring Alligator Pond 3-2 in a contest which lived up to its top of the table clash billing.

The two had been locked on nine points heading into the round. In fact, this deadlock had remained since round one. John Dennis gave Porus the lead in the 30th minute, but Kenji Thomas found the equaliser in the 44th sending the game to a 1-1. Dane Seaton's strike in the 60th put Alligator Pond into the lead for the first time. However, late goals from Mark Thompson (85th) and Sanjay Whittingham (90th) sealed the win for Porus.

In other results from the round, Star Zone Academy and Technical Strikers drew 1-1 while Comfort tagged former champions Mile Gully 3-0.

 

Tafari Lions roar on in St Elizabeth

Tafari Lions expended their best start in the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League by knocking over Great Bay Lions 4-1 in sixth round play.

They have now scored three wins in their last four games, dropping points only after a 1-1 draw with Real Treasure Beach FC in the third round. However, the highlight of the fourth round was the loss sustained by the previous joint second placers, New Holland Club and Middle Quarters. In two remarkable results New Holland were beaten 3-1 by Real Treasure Beach while Middle Quarters went down 2-0 to a resurgent Appleton.

Tafari Lions lead with 14 points and they are followed by the trio of Treasure Beach, Appleton and New Holland with 10 points each.

 

Manchester Division One kicks off

The Manchester Division One, which is in its third year of sponsorship from alumina giant Jamalco, kicked off with much fanfare at the Brooks Park last weekend.

As in previous years, there was an opening ceremony and a dress parade from which teams earned prizes. Among the speakers were Manchester Football Association president Dalton Wint and Errol Davy, senior community relations officer at Jamalco. Wint, in a short address, hailed Jamalco for their sponsorship at a difficult time for grass roots football. Daley said that Jamalco were desirous of seeing not only quality football but disciplined football.

Twelve teams will take part this year, with two preliminary zones of six teams. The top two from each zone will advance to the semi-finals.

Two matches were played on opening day. Newcomers Silent Hill surprised former champions Old England 2-0 with both goals coming from Jermaine Austin. The final game of the day saw Los Perfectos coming from a first minute 0-1 deficit to whip Plouden 3-1.

Later this week, Clandon Strikers FC defeated New Green CC 1-0, with Richard Campbell getting the winner in the 72nd minute.

 

Mico maintain good form

 

The Mico University have continued their good form in the intercollegiate 50 overs cricket competition. Led by a four-wicket haul from Oshene Wilson and a half century from Odain McCatty they defeated visitors University of Technology (UTech) by eight wickets on Tuesday to record their third straight win in the competition. Scores UTech 165 all out off 44.3 overs, Mico 166 for two off 25.5 overs.

Delbert Gayle, 59, and Anthony Brown 40 were the leading scorers for UTech against Wilson with four for 29 and Joseph Lemmie, two for 25.

In reply Mico cruised to victory. McCatty hit 74 not out with eight fours and two sixes while skipper Antwain Stephens hit an unbeaten 53 (3x4, 2x6).

Mico are now sole leaders of the competition with a perfect nine points from three matches.