Kingston in strong position
Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Brandon King slammed an enterprising century yesterday to put Kingston in a strong position to beat Manchester in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup semi-final clash at Chedwin Park.
King slammed 13 fours and three sixes in making 123, as Kingston, after winning the toss and electing to bat, posted a challenging 332 in their first innings.
Manchester were struggling at 34 for four after 18 overs when stumps were drawn.
King, who participated in the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh in February, was best supported by another former West Indies Under-19 representative, fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, who made 53, before he was the last man out.
Darnel McCallum, with whom King put on 61 for the fifth wicket, also got among the runs with 34.
This was against left-arm spinner David Powell who claimed six for 77.
The other semi-final, in the meanwhile, between the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Melbourne at Up Park Camp is interestingly poised with the home team holding a slight advantage.
Melbourne, after being asked to bat first, recovered from a shaky 132 for seven to post a competitive 269.
The soldiers, in their response, then closed on 204 for five, 65 runs short of first-innings honours.
The tournament's leading scorer Rasheed Outar, 98, and veteran Joseph Palmer, 39, have led the way so far for the JDF against leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, two for 54.
Earlier, number nine batsman, Stetson Smith, with a topscore of 62, led the recovery for Melbourne with opener Tarique White, 57; Dave Johnson, 38; Damion Jacobs, 29; and Sadiki Bolt, 28, also making contributions.
National batsmen, opener Jon-Ross Campbell and Andre McCarthy were dismissed for zero and seven, respectively.
Left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, who was among those responsible for Melbourne's early trouble, finished with four for 90, and left-arm spinner Damion Grey two for 33.
Play resumes today in both matches at 10 a.m.