Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
St Catherine Cricket Club yesterday registered first innings honours over St Catherine Cricket Association to all but secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup.
The match, which is being played at Port Esquivel, saw St Catherine CC making 218, thanks to 49 from Alexio Daley and 31 from Tamar Lambert.
St Catherine CA, in reply, were bundled out for a mere 31, with Martel Williams claiming a remarkable six wickets for five runs and Oraine Williams two wickets for one run.
Asked to follow on, St Catherine CA closed the day at 105 for five, with Oshane Morgan top-scoring with 51 against Stephan Casey, two for 22 and Andre Henry, two for 32.
First innings points moved St Catherine to 22 points in Zone B, six more than St Catherine CA, who must now win outright if they are to join Manchester as one of two qualifiers from the group for the quarter-finals.
Manchester, who had already qualified, ended the preliminary round on 27 points after GC Foster College failed to honour their fixture, which was slated for Manchester High.
In other results, St Mary, who along with St Ann were battling for the second spot in Zone C, were in a losing position against zone leaders the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) at Up Park Camp.
St Mary, who needed at least first-innings points to give themselves a chance of qualifying, did fairly well to restrict the JDF to 229. However, at the end of the day they were struggling at 153 for eight.
Leading the way for St Mary in the field was left-arm spinner Marlon Byfield, who claimed six for 46, while Melvin Wallace, with an undefeated 86, top-scored for the army men. Rohan Chang 30 and Dennis Bulli, 27, also got among the runs.
The JDF's bowling charge is being led by left-arm spinner Damion Gray, who pocketed four for 38.
St Mary captain Maurice Clarke with 41 and Robert Weir 40 have so far made most runs.
St Mary's blunder, however, seems to be St Ann's gain as thanks to a haul of seven for 49 from leg-spinner Kemar Allen, they were able to bowl out Portland for 141 at Folly Oval.
St Ann, who with an outright win would book their ticket into the next round, closed the day at 211 for nine, with Orville Pennant top-scoring with 78.