GC Foster shock JDF to qualify for semis
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
G.C. Foster College will play St Catherine CC and title-holders Melbourne CC will go up against St Elizabeth in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) 50-Overs Tournament.
This after the quartet registered quarter-final wins over the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), St James, University of The West Indies (UWI) and Kingston CC, respectively, at the weekend.
G.C. Foster, who qualified for the semi-finals of a national competition for the first time, scored a surprise 25-run win over two-day Senior Cup champions JDF at Up Park Camp.
Batting first, the college students made 278 for nine, with former Jamaica Under-19 captain, all-rounder Derval Green, top-scoring with 70 and leg-spinner Gavin Wallace getting 55.
The JDF, in their response, were then held to 253, with 11 balls remaining.
Green, with three for 56, claimed most wickets for the victors, while there were two wickets apiece for off-spinner Ziggy Levy and left-arm spinner Odean Vassell.
"I think we did most of the things we needed to do right and it paid off for us," said G.C. Foster captain Davin Wallace.
"A score of 275 was always a good score. However, it was a small ground and, as such, I thought our bowlers bowled well to bring us through."
Damion Grey, captain of the JDF, said missed opportunities while fielding cost them the match.
"We lost it in the field as we gave away too many runs and dropped some vital catches," he said.
"For example, we dropped Derval twice. Also, we faltered in our batting whereby we lost too many wickets before the 40th over, which put pressure on us."
In other results, St Catherine defeated St James by eight wickets at Chedwin Park, Melbourne got the better of UWI by three wickets at Kensington Park, while St Elizabeth scored a nine-wicket win over Kingston at Port Esquivel.
St Catherine bowled out St James for 164 off 41 overs, before replying with 167 for two off 20.3 overs.
Melbourne restricted UWI to 182 off 50 overs after first posting 185; while St Elizabeth, in reply to 112 made by Kingston off 29.2 overs, scored 113 for one off 21.1 overs.