UWI began their quest for a second straight JCA T20 Jam-Bash title on a winning note, after recording a 27 run victory over former champions JDF at the Mona Bowl on Saturday. UWI who won the title the last time the competition was played in 2014, were restricted for 156-5, Sadique Henry top-scoring with 57 as he along with Nicholas Walters who made 36, shared a third wicket stand of 58. Rasheed Outar took 2-26 and Dennis Bulli 1-24.
In their reply, the army men were dismissed for 129 as Outar led with the bat, making 29 and Kevin Daley 24.
Former national Under 19 representative Brad Barnes bagged 3-38 and Scorpions off-spinner Akim fraser took 2-31.
In the second match at the same venue, a fighting half century from Scorpion representative Steven Taylor helped Melbourne beat GC Foster College by 2 runs. The Senior Cup champions batted first and were restricted to 139-7 with Taylor making 78 and skipper Javelle Glenn getting 20.
Despite Peter Brown getting 42 and Ramon Senior 40, the students reached 137-8 as they came up two runs short needing 12 from the last three balls. Shalome Parnell took 3-35.
Meanwhile, Andre Russell who leaves for the Windies training camp on Sunday, warmed up with an aggressive 88 but in a losing effort for St Catherine CC against St Elizabeth, as they suffered a seven wicket defeat at the Sir P Oval in Treadlight, Clarendon.
Russell's 88 came off 38 balls which included nine sixes and four fours as St Catherine posted 166-7 from their 20 overs. Innswood schoolboy Carlos Brown supported Russell with 32 against Richard Simpson 3-23 and Andre McCarthy 2-17.
St Elizabeth then cruised to their target at 168- 3 from 17 overs with former youth representative Brian Gayle scoring 68 and Craig Walters 54. Kerry Holness supported with 23 not out as Russell also ended with 1-15. Damian Ebanks is the captain of St Elizabeth.
Over at Sabina Park, Lucas had a comfortable eight wicket win over Kingston and St Andrew Cricket Association. KSACA were first restricted to 104-9 from their quota of overs against Dwayne Guthrie 3-9. In response, Lucas romped to victory at 105-2 with Kedar Brown making 45 not out and Jermaine Harris 26. In the second game at the venue, St Thomas crushed Boys’ Town by nine wickets.
Boys’ Town were first skittled out for 91 in 16.1 overs with Andre McDonald scoring 26 against three wickets each for Omar Brooks and Tamar Lambert while Jermaine Blackwood claimed two wickets. St Thomas in response breezed to their target at 93-1 inside 9 overs with Jowayne Robinson unbeaten on 57. Manchester had a six wicket win over St Catherine CA.
St Catherine parish were bundled out for 98 in 17.4 overs as Oshane Walters bagged 5-28. Tristan Coleman 31 and Brian Clarke 24 then helped Manchester to 99-4 from 14.2 overs.