Dwyer, Merchant spin Manchester to victory
Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Manchester were in rampant mood yesterday, brushing aside the challenge of Kingston and St Andrew Cricket Association (KSCA) by an innings and 48 runs inside the first day of their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash at Manchester High.
The game, which was one of eight played on the day, saw Manchester, who are hunting a record fifth straight hold on the title, winning the toss and dismissing KSCA for 66 runs in their first innings and 67 in the second.
They made 181 for six declared.
Leading the way for the men from central Jamaica were discarded national left-arm wrist spinner, André Dwyer, who claimed four for 20, and off-spinner Jamie Merchant, who pocketed three for 16 in KSCA's first innings.
Dwyer then returned to take three for four and pacer Nieve McNally three for 16 in the loser's second innings.
Oshane Walters 66, and Tristan Coleman 36 made most when Manchester batted.
Meanwhile, one of the feature matches of the round, Kensington versus Lucas at Kensington Park, is evenly balanced heading into today's second and final day.
Sent in, Lucas were dismissed for 160 after being 139 for three at one stage.
Former West Indies Under-19 batsman, Ramon Senior, made 43 with Geoffrey Laing getting 36 and Travis Reid, 34.
Former Leeward Islands Under-19 pacer Damion Williams, who is currently studying at the University of Technology, took three for 14 and leg-spinner Roshane Manning three for 32.
Kensington closed the day on 52 for one with Ranville Brown 32 not out and Brian Clarke 15 not out.
"It's a good position that we find ourselves in and the hope is that come tomorrow we will not only go on to get first innings but to post a good enough total that will enable us to go for an outright win," said Kensington captain, David Bernard Jr.
Meanwhile, though on the back foot, Lucas captain Senior is hopeful of a turnaround of his team's fortunes.
"When we batted we were in a similar good position at the start of our innings, but we collapsed. We are therefore aware that this could happen to Kensington as well and as such does not plan to give up," he said.
At Jarrett Park: St James 187 (Vinroy Crooks 49, Kenardo Fletcher 5-51) & 90/6. Westmoreland 153 (Vaniel Bromfield 62; Andrew Walker 5-37)
At Manley Horne Park: St Elizabeth 139/3 (Kenroy Williams 68).
At G.C. Foster: GC Foster 82-3; Derval Green 42)
At Port Esquivel: Clarendon 80/4 (Wayne Davis 32; Nkrumah Bonner 2-10, Coi Thompson 2-29).
At Elleston Road: JDF 304/9 (Damian Grey 77; Fitzgarald Anderson 3-74).
At Eden Park: St Ann 168 (Duran White 35; Taswayne Creary 3-12 ) & 4/0. St Mary 193 (Takeem Lowe 65; Kemar Allen 7-63 (including a hat-trick).
At Melbourne: Melbourne 115/7 (Jon Ross Campbell 42; O'Neil Wright 4-24).