Eastern Tigers along with the Combined Universities and Colleges (CUC) team gained first innings points on Saturday’s opening day of the sixth round of the JCA Elite Super League cricket competition.
At Melbourne Oval in a low-scoring encounter, the Tigers were first bundled out for 157 by the Northern Panthers with Aaron Johnson top-scoring with 78 while Odean Smith contributed 28. Nicholson Gordon who bagged 4-67 and Damani Sewell 3-16, were the chief destroyers.
The Tigers then ambushed the Panthers to establish a 21 run lead, dismissing them for 136 after they were well placed at 78-2. Yannick Elliot 3-30, Patrick Hartey 3-38 and Keno Wallace 2-26 did the damage for the Tigers who will begin their second innings reply on Sunday's second day.
At Kensington Park, the CUC wrestled first innings honours from the Southern Seals. The university team was first routed for 114 against Marquino Mindley 3-17 and Jason Dawes 2-17. Michael Frew top-scored with 44.
However, led by 5-25 from Orane Shields and 3-4 from Odane Vassell, the Seals were blown away for 56 to hand the CUC a 58 run lead. The lead was increased to 73 as the CUC closed on 15-0.
Elsewhere, led by half centuries from Danza Hyatt 80 and Gavin Wallace 71 and an even 50 from Orane Williams, the Central Titans declared on 285-8 against the Western Warriors at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.
The Warriors were struggling at 18-2 when play was called off. Albert Gopie has so far picked up both wickets to fall.