Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions University Dynamites moved one step closer to advancing beyond the preliminary round of the Jamaica Premier League T20, following a close five-wicket win over MoBay Sixers at Treasure Beach Sports Complex on Sunday.
Batting first - in what was the feature game of a double-header. The Dynamites made 150 for six, with Shacoya Thomas and in-form Nkrumah Bonner top-scored with 57 and 50, respectively. Oral Rankine claimed two for 28.
MoBay Sixers, in reply, were restricted to 145 for six with Blackwood making 56, Wilson getting 33 not out and Jason Thompson, 24.
Derval Green, two for 34, finished with most wickets.
"After losing our last game, we decided today we were going to bat a bit differently, in our approach to batting first, and it paid off," said Dynamites coach, Gibbs Williams.
"I also thought they batted pretty well to come within striking distance of the total. However, with 150 we were always confident."
In the curtain-raiser, Kingston Hurricanes overcame the challenge of Mandeville Thunders by 22 runs.
Kingston Hurricanes first made 133 for eight, with Carlton Baugh Jr top scoring with 37, inclusive of three sixes and two fours. André McCarthy, 26, and Tarique White 25, also made decent contributions. Brian Gayle took three for 27.
Mandeville Thunders, in reply, were held to 111 off 19.2 overs with captain Brian Clarke making 24, and Gayle 18.
West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner, Fabian Allen, three for 18, Ryan Miller, two for 14, Damion Jacobs two for 16 and McCarthy, two for 22, emerged as the leading wicket-takers.
"It feels good to record back-to-back wins after losing our opening two games," said Hurricanes' coach Courtney Walsh.
"We were more focused this weekend and everyone fought for the team and it is the sort of performance I hope we will be able to replicate in games going forward," he added.