Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Left-arm seamer Leon Bent claimed five for 57 to help Police record a one wicket win over title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in their opening-round Jamaica Cricket Association One-Day Championship clash at Elletson Road on the weekend.
Bent, a former national invitee, led the way as the JDF - on the back of a 59-run knock from national fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell and 42 from Joseph Palmer, posted a challenging total of 282 all out off 48.2 overs.
Police, in reply, then batted with confidence, and at times some luck, to reach their target with one ball to spare, ending the encounter on 286 for nine.
Leading the way for Police were Fitzgerald Anderson and Dwayne Sinclair, who made 70 and 54, respectively.
Part-time spinner Rasheed Outar, three for 36, and Cotterrell, three for 46, claimed the most wickets for the army men.
"It was very good all-round performance," said Police manager Wickham Campbell.
"We were virtually down and out at one stage as towards the end, we needed about 30 runs from the last-wicket pair; however, they were able to bring it home," he added.
JDF captain, Damion Grey, thought it was a bitter pill to swallow as for much of the game his team was on top.
"It was a very good match, but the result should have gone the other way had we put out a better effort in the field," said Grey.
The win moved Police to the top of Corporate Zone 'B' along with St Catherine CC, which brushed aside the challenge of Kingston by six wickets at Chedwin Park.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Kingston were bowled out for a paltry 115 with former youth standout Garth Garvey making a top score of 50.
Part-time off-spinner Tamar Lambert took four for 14.
St Catherine raced to their target at 116 for four with Gavin Walters 45 not out, and Oraine Williams, 21, leading the way.
Over in Corporate Zone 'A', opener Tarique White and young leg-spinner Dwayne Thompson turned in impressive performances to guide Melbourne to a 148-run win over Boys' Town at Courtney Walsh Drive.
Playing without the injured Carlton Baugh Jr, Nikita Miller, André McCarthy, or the recovering Yannick Elliott, Melbourne racked up 244 for nine off their allotted overs.
White scored 80 while Sadiki Bolt, brother of sprint sensation Usain Bolt, chipping in with 54.
Thompson then went on to claim five for 14 as Boys' Town folded for a mere 96 off 39.2 overs.