Jamaica win again
André Lowe, Senior Reporter
Discovery Bay, St Ann:
Hosts Jamaica got the better of Canada by four wickets in their intriguing 50-over contest yesterday, as the Supreme Ventures Sports Limited Jamaica Cricket Festival continued in earnest at the Port Rhodes Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St Ann.
After bundling out the Canadians for a meagre 148 in 41 overs, the Jamaicans nervously achieved their target, posting 150-6 in their reply with some degree of discomfort, as the Canadians battled with bravado in their attempt to defend their slim tally.
The early loss of opener Danza Hyatt for a duck off the very first ball of the innings and the subsequent removal of Donovan Pagon for one with the score on two for four left the few spectators at the venue wondering if they were about to see a Jamaican rout.
When Carlton Baugh went for 12 after being caught in the deep by Henry Osinde off the bowling of Harvir Baidwan with the score on 64-3 and then captain Tamar Lambert going with the score-board untouched, things looked increasingly difficult for the locals as the Canadians sensed an unlikely victory.
While wickets tumbled around him, opener Brenton Parchment remained calm to post an unbeaten run-a-ball 72 after over two hours at the crease, while lower-order batsman Andre Russell slugged his way to 19 not out off 11 balls to bring the Jamaicans safely to victory. David Bernard Jr also chipped in.
Henry Osinde was the main threat for the Canadians, bagging 3-59 from his eight overs.
Sent in to bat, Canada could only manage 148 off 41 overs, with captain and wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai providing the only resistance with a positive knock of 53 runs off 64 balls against Odean Brown, who bagged 4-33 for the Jamaicans.