Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
West Indies all-rounder André Russell, fresh from participating in the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, claimed an impressive six wickets for 10 runs yesterday to lead St Catherine CC to a 129-run win over Boys' Town at Up Park Camp in the final set of matches of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Twent20 Championship.
Russell, who arrived in the country on Saturday, after representing the Dehli Daredevils in the Champions League, was best supported by leg-spinner Odean Brown, who took three for five, as Boys' Town set a challenging 162 to win, were dismissed for 32.
St Catherine earlier made 161 for nine with Brown slamming 36 off 14 balls, including four sixes, and Danza Hyatt getting 33 off 22 balls inclusive of three sixes and two fours against Jameel Brown, three for eleven.
"I am comfortable to an extent with the way the team performed today," said St Catherine coach Ephraim McLeod.
"I am still not happy with the way the team is batting, as we continue to lose too much wickets in making totals.
"It is something that we need to work on if it is that we have made the quarter-finals, and with our captain Tamar Lambert, who is nursing a hand injury, is back by then, I am optimistic that we will."
St Catherine, who entered the game in a must-win situation, will have to wait until at least today to know whether they have qualified, as following yesterday's set of matches it was not clear who were the two second-place teams who will join the six preliminary round zone winners.
The six zone winners are Manchester, Westmoreland, St Mary, St Thomas, G.C. Foster and the Jamaica Defence Force, while the teams battling for second are Melbourne, St Elizabeth and Hanover.
Meanwhile, the day's other match at the venue, G.C. Foster versus Portmore, saw the former coming out on top by 122 runs.
Led by Junior Stewart 59 and Phillip Pinnock G.C. Foster posted 167 for eight, and in reply, Portmore was dismissed for 45.
In other results, The Mico University on the back of 37 from Shacoya Thomas defeated St Ann by four wickets, Westmoreland thanks to 101 from Nick Blackwood scored a 59-run win over St James, Kennar Lewis made 29 not out in Hanover's eight wicket win over Trelawny.
Zeniffe Fowler made 54 and Gary Graham 41 as Manchester scored a 28-run win over St Elizabeth, St Thomas led by four for three from Kenroy Williams defeated Lucas by 40 runs, Police defeated Kensington by seven wickets, the JDF overcame the challenge of Kingston by seven wickets, while led by five for 14 from Christopher Lamont, Melbourne got the better of Kingston and St Andrew by 50 runs.