Tactical play key to UWI win

October 27, 2015
Paul Palmer Jr

UNIVERSITY of the West Indies (UWI) captain, Paul Palmer Jr, said bowling in specific areas, and putting the opposition under pressure were key to their JCA 50-overs tournament semi-final success over Kensington at Kensington Park yesterday.

UWI, underdogs heading into the encounter, came away four-wicket victors after scoring 176 off 46.3 overs in response to a modest 175 made by the hosts.

"The pitch was supportive to good pace bowling. We concentrated in putting the ball in certain areas," said Palmer.

"This worked well, as it pushed them back, and put them under pressure, and in the end (Rovman) Powell did a good job."

Powell ended with impressive figures of five for 31 against former national Under-19 batsman Leroy Lugg, who topscored for Kensington with 64.

National batsmen Horace Miller, (eight), Cassius Burton (17), and David Bernard, eight, also contributed.

UWI were led by Chrishna Graham, 43, Javaugh Buchanan 25 not out, Palmer, 23, and Powell, 20.

Left-arm spinner Denniel Griffith finished with two for 24, Jason Dawes, two for 31, Bernard Jr, two for 21.

"This is our second season in the competition and, so far, so good," said Palmer, who was recently named Jamaica first-class captain.

"It is now for us to take it one step further in the final."

UWI will face St Catherine CC in the final after St Catherine defeated St James by eight wickets at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

St James were bowled out for 71. St Catherine in reply scored 72 for two.

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