Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
St Catherine Cricket Club recorded their second win in as many matches in the Jamaica Twenty20 Championship following a nail-biting one-run victory over Mico University College at Chedwin Park on Saturday.
The victors, asked to take first strike, posted a very competitive 149 for three with Tamar Lambert scoring 47, Andre Henry, 27 and Andre Russell getting 18 from 12 balls.
Mico, who were at one stage cruising at 124 for one courtesy of 84 from Nkrumah Bonner and needed 27 runs to win off the last three overs, were then held to 147 for three.
Russell, who entering the final over, had figures of none for 22 runs off three overs, held his nerve in bowling the final over, which went for six runs.
Russell finished with none for 28 with Lawaune Smalling, 25, ending as Mico's second-best runs-maker.
"We are in a rebuilding mode, as if you notice, very few of our regular players played in the match, but we are fighting as we have a name and a reputation to live up to," said St Catherine coach, Ephraim McLeod.
"We were up against a good team in Mico, who have players who are going to school and train regularly, so to come out with a win is really good."
The game, which was the second of a double-header at the venue, was preceded by Kingston, registering an impressive 79 runs win over Police.
Walton slams 61
Kingston, who lost their opening encounter to St Catherine CC, first posted 219 for five with Chadwick Walton slamming 61 from 27 balls and Andre Bryce getting 40.
Pacer Renford Broadie claimed three for 32.
Police, in response, made 140 for eight with left-arm spinner Paul Harrison taking three for nine and off-spinner Romeo Parker, three for 24.
Dwayne Sinclair, 26, made most runs for the lawmen.
"It was a better performance following the inclusion of Walton and Jamie Trenchfield," said Kingston coach, Kerry Scott.
"Walton showed that he is in form and Harrison did well with the ball. We now have Mico to play next weekend in what is a must-win game if we are to make it to the semi-finals, and that is where our focus will next be."