Westmoreland, Hanover win ODI opener
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Off-spinner Rossie Spencer bowled Westmoreland to a 149-run victory over Trelawny on Saturday to jump-start their quest for top honours in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) western zone one-day championship at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.
Trelawny, responding to the visitors' 223 all out, off 49.2 overs, were always behind the chase and Spencer made them pay, taking five for 20, off seven tight overs, to leave the home side in tatters.
Spencer's return was vital for Westmoreland as only Lloyd Davidson, 27, got among the runs on a somewhat slow Trelawny pitch.
"We have a pretty decent composition of players here and they did well to get the win over Trelawny," said Westmoreland coach Grantley Reid.
"Spencer, we all know, can do great on his day and it would appear that he had one of those days, and five wickets is always a nice boost for any bowlers' confidence and we are looking for a similar performance in our next match against St James," added Reid.
Adrian Thompson was Westmoreland's top scorer with 41, as Trelwany were put to the sword. Dinroy Dell was impressive in taking four for 36, off 10 overs, and Javed Service grabbed three for 49, off nine overs, to peg the visitors back after they got off to a flier.
TRELAWNY ON THE RUN
The strength of the Westmore-land bowling was on display and they had Trelawny on the run from the first over with Spencer leading the way.
Elsewhere, joint favourites Hanover had an eight-wicket win over St James, with opener Kemar Lewis hitting a half century in his side's 141 for two in response to St James' 139 all out off 22.4 overs.
Medium-pacer Nokoy Yorke was St James' main destroyer, taking five for 27, as Hanover got their quest off to a winning start and will hope to maintain form against Trelawny this Saturday at Elgin Town.
Westmoreland will also be looking to win again when they host St James, also on Saturday, at Little London playing field.