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Titans motor to first-innings honours against Seals

Sunday, December 09, 2018

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Central Titans motored to first-innings honours against Southern Seals on yesterday's opening day of the sixth-round Jamaica Cricket Association Super League match at Chedwin Park in St Catherine.

Going into today's second and final day, the Titans are 227-7 in reply the Seals' paltry 147 all out.

Scores: Seals 147 (45 overs); Titans 227-7 (42.1 overs).

The Titans Captain Tamar Lambert was satisfied with the all-round effort from his side.

“I think the bowlers did excellently to get the opposition out for 147. At the moment we are 227-7 with a useful lead, and we'll look to bat for about an hour tomorrow to see how much more we can get because we are looking for an outright win,” Lambert told the Jamaica Observer at close of play yesterday.

Barry Barnes, the coach of Southern Seals, rued his team's batting collapse after getting off to a fairly decent start.

“I was very disappointed because we got a good track to bat on. We were 113-3 at one stage and then were all out for 147. It shows we are not batting as we are expected to, and you can see that from how the Titans are batting. But I'm still optimistic that we can save this game,” Barnes said.

Earlier, Southern Seals won the toss and chose to bat first in sunny conditions.

Opener Damion Bryce top-scored for the Seals with 49, while sidelined West Indies middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood added 31 as the two shared in a 62-run stand for the second wicket.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Tristan Coleman made 22.

The Titans' bowling was led by off-spinner Peat Salmon who captured 5-46 off 17 overs. Left-arm finger spinner Stephan Casey had 3-39 off 15 overs.

In the Titans' response, Guyanese-born left-hander Assad Fudadin, who batted at number four, made a stroke-filled 86 from 71 deliveries.

Steven Taylor and opener Oraine Williams contributed 38 and 32, respectively.

Jeavor Royal is not out on five, while Salmon (six) was dismissed by off spinner Oshane Walters off what turned out to be the final ball of the day.

Pacer Jermaine Levy, a new selection to the Jamaica Scorpions four-day squad, claimed 3-36 from seven overs for the Seals.

— Sanjay Myers


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