Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Spinner Paul Harrison and Andre Russell produced two enterprising spells to lead Spanish Town Titans to a 44-run win under the Duckworth/Lewis system over Mandeville Thunders in the Jamaica Premier League Twenty20 at Melbourne Oval yesterday.
The left-handed Harrison claimed three for 15 off his allotted four overs, while Russell took two for 10 off 3.4 overs as Mandeville, batting first, posted 92 off 18.4 overs.
There were also two wickets each for pacer Gavan Brown and off-spinner Pete Salmon.
West Indies Under-19 batsman Tristan Coleman topscored with 32 for the Thunders and discarded national middle-order batsman Donovan Sinclair made 18.
Spanish Town, in reply, then raced to 77 for two off eight overs when rain stopped play.
Simon Jackson, 24, Tamar Lambert, 21 not out, and captain Danza Hyatt, 13, finished as the top run-getters.
Sidelined West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor with one for 27 off three overs, and spinner David Powell, one for one off one over, emerged as Mandeville's leading bowlers.
Kerry Scott, manager of Spanish Town, said he thought his team played an exceptional game.
"It was a polished performance," he quipped.
"Mandeville are a very good team, and to get them out for under 100 really said a lot for our bowling today.
It's a victory that has given much confidence, and the hope is that we will continue to grow from strength to strength from here."
Mandeville captain, Brian Clarke, said his team did not turn up for a second-straight day, and it is something that they will need to address.
They went down by 31 runs in their opening fixture to defending champions University Dynamites, also at Melbourne, on Saturday.
"We feel very dissapointed," Clarke said. "Our team has the talent, and the potential, but we just did not get it right this weekend."
The game was one of three played on the day. The opening match at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium between the Kingston Hurricanes and Montego Bay Sixes was abandoned due to early morning rain. Both teams received one point each for the result.
The second game saw University Dynamites scoring a 21-run win over Ocho Rios Chargers.
The Dynamites, who were recording their second win, made 109 for six off their 20 overs to which the Chargers replied with 79 for nine off 20 overs.