Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Spanish Town Titans made a winning start to their Jamaica Premier League T20 campaign with a close two-wicket win over Kingston Hurricanes at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
Asked to bat first after losing the toss, Spanish Town made 156 for five off 13 overs. The game was reduced from the mandatory 20 overs due to early morning rain.
Tamar Lambert with 42, led the way for the Titans with Simon Jackson, 38, and André Russell, a quick-fire 34, also getting among the runs. Pacer Kennar Brown took three for 19.
The Courtney Walsh-coached Hurricanes then gave it their best shot, but in the end fell short at 154 for four off their 13 overs.
Opener Tarique White, 68, and Carlton Baugh Jr, 43, led the Hurricanes' charge, against Russell, pacer Gavan Brown, Wayne Morgan, and left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, who claimed a wicket apiece.
"We batted pretty well, but we did not bowl well," said Titans coach Ephraim McLeod. "But it is our first game, and it is something that we plan to improve upon as the tournament progresses."
Hurricanes manager, Mark Hill, rued going so close to an opening win, but was content with his team's overall showing.
"We started off slowly in the field, but I thought we fought back well with out batting to put the team in a winning position. It's just a pity that we were not able to pull it off, " he said.
The tournament will continue today with another three games.
The Titans will face the Thunders at 1:30 p.m. at Melbourne, while at the Trelawny Stadium the Hurricanes will tackle Montego Bay Sixes at 9:30 a.m. in the first game of another double-header. The second game will see Ocho Rios Chargers going up against the Dynamites at 1:30 p.m.