McNaughton's unbeaten 100 keeps out Content
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Rohan McNaughton slammed an unbeaten century, 101, but his knock was only good enough to save Dumbarton from defeat against defending champions Content Gardens, as play continued last weekend in the Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners-sponsored St Ann Cricket Association Premier League.
In the match played at Dumbarton, Content won the toss and took first strike. Olanza Harris led the way with a top score of 70 to lead his team to 283 all out.
In reply, Dumbarton started shakily, losing Michael Thomas early. However, McNaughton, who opened with him, batted throughtout for his unbeaten knock, which included nine boundaries.
The team lost wickets at regular intervals with only McNaughton's stubborn resistance keeping the innings together. In the end, Dumbarton held on for a draw at 185 for nine, with Valentine McKenzie bagging four for 37.
At Old Folly: Summer Hill, with a fine all-round performance by Richard Hemmings, beat Old Folly by seven wickets. Summer Hill won the toss and invited their opponents to take first strike. Hemmings, bowling a steady line and length with his medium pace, ripped through the batting, claiming six for 40 as Old Folly crumbled for 91. Gary Williams top-scored with 28. Vanroy Wallace chipped in with three for 12.
At their turn at bat, Hemmings led the way with a polished 35 to guide Summer Hill to 95 for three.
At Mount Olivet: Duran Whyte also produced an outstanding all-round performance to guide Parry Town to a seven-wicket win over Mount Olivet.
Parry Town won the toss and allowed Mount Olivet first strike. However, the batsmen had little answer to Whyte's wily off spin and were skittled out for 98, with Whyte claiming six for 37. He had good support from Avroy Hannington, who took four for 23.
Chasing 99 for victory, Parry Town were never in any danger and reached their target with seven wickets to spare, as Whyte top-scored with 44 and Ron Banton getting 21.
At Alexandria: Links and Lodge played to a tame draw in a match affected by rain. Batting first, Lodge made a respectable 233 with useful scores coming from Bryan Walker, 36, and Gifton Wray, 33, as Andre Dwyer claimed 3 for 40 and Arlington Kelly 3 for 58.
Links were 32 for two, with Marlon Johnson leading the way on 15 not out, when the rains came.
After three rounds of matches, defending champions Content Gardens and Links are joint leaders with seven points each.
The competition continues tomorrow with action in round four.
Lodge vs Content Gardens at Lodge
Parry Town vs Dumbarton at Parry Town
Summer Hill vs Rio Hoe at York Castle
Old Folly vs Links at Old Folly
Beverly vs Mount Olivet at Mount Olivet