King stars for Kingston
Emerging Jamaica Scorpions batsman, Brandon King, slammed a second straight century to guide Kingston Cricket Club to an eight-wicket win over Lucas Cricket Club in their second-round Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup clash at Nelson Oval on Sunday.
King, who slammed 179 in the first round, returned to post an unbeaten 119 as Kingston, replying to 116, put up 289 for four declared in their first innings.
Lucas, batting a second time, were then dismissed for 203, setting in the process a victory target of 31, which Kingston overhauled at 31-2.
The attacking King, captain of Kingston, struck 11 sixes and four fours during his innings and was supported by national all-rounder Derval Green, 50 and former captain Garth Garvey, who scored 49.
Earlier, Lucas were bowled out in their first innings by left-arm spinner, Patrick Harty, five for 25 and Green, who claimed three for 20 with his medium pacers.
Harty was also the pick of the bowlers in Lucas' second innings, picking up three for 35 with Paul Harrison, three for 36, the next best.
Ricardo McGeashey, 29, and Richard Allen, 64, top-scored for Lucas in first and second innings, respectively.
The result represented Kingston's second win in as many matches, while Lucas were experiencing their second loss in as many outings.
"Our preliminary-round zone is a very tricky one and is going to come down to the team that is most consistent," said Kingston technical director, Kerry Scott.
"We are now off to a good start and the aim is to continue like this going forward."
Meanwhile, over at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, reigning champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) romped to their second straight win as well after recording a 146-run win over Trelawny CA.
The hosts were first blown away for 58, courtesy of left-arm spinner Iva Johnson, who took four for 24, and part-time off-spinner, Joseph Palmer, five for eight.
The JDF, on the back of 153 not out from Rasheed Outar, and 105 not out from Bereston Reid, then made 373 for nine in their second innings.
Trelawny, batting a second time, scored 155 for nine, with Johnson ending with five for 76, Joseph two for 36 and fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, two for 26.