It's close at Sabina
Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Kingston and the Jamaica Defence Force are locked in a battle for first innings point after yesterday's opening day of the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup final at Sabina Park.
Setting a modest 197 to claim first innings points, which could decide the encounter, the JDF closed on 142 for six, 56 runs adrift of their target.
Openers Jermaine Harrison, 66, and Bereston Reid, 41, have so far led the way for the army men. The two posted an 84 runs stand.
Harrison was particularly aggressive against the pace bowlers with a flurry of back-foot drives on both sides of the wicket. He slammed six fours and six sixes, while Reid, a former candidate for national selection, hit six fours and six.
The tournament's leading run getter, Rasheed Outar, scored two.
This was against left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, who has so far bagged three for 37, and the tournament's leading wicket taker, left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, one for 17.
Harrison, with his haul, took his season's tally to 45 wickets.
"Batting on a good batting pitch, and making 196, it was not what we had hoped for," said Brandon King, captain of Kingston.
"However, I have confidence in my players and we can defend this total. We have taken six wickets and I would say the game is now even."
Kingston, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were lifted by wicketkeeper Darnell McCallum, who made 41.
Opener Andre Bryce, 39, and Garth Garvey, 26, also got among the runs for the Tigers with semi-final centurion, King, going for eight.
evenly poised contest
Left-arm wrist-spinner Dennis Bulli, who got the ball to bounce and turn appreciably, led the way for the soldiers with six for 65, which in the process took him to 40 wickets.
JDF captain Damian Grey also believes the contest is evenly poised.
"I think we should have been in a better position as we got a good start from the openers," he pointed out.
"The game, however, is still in the balance and the hope is that we will come tomorrow and get first innings."
Marlon Pinnock, one, and fast-bowler Leighton Leslie, six, are the batsmen that will resume batting this morning at 10 a.m.