Soldiers drill Police
Off-spinner and captain, Paul Brown, led from the front at Up
Park Camp yesterday as he returned match figures of eight for 34 to give the soldiers a 10
wicket win over Police as their second round Rothmans National League match ended.
Brown, who picked up three wickets for nine
runs off eight over in the losers' first innings, came back in their second to take five
for 25 from 15.4 over.
Final scores: Jamaica Defence Force 223
and 22 without loss. Police 119 and 123 all out. Police resumed at
22 without loss but after six more runs were added, Howard Copeland started the wreck as
he bowled Kevin Dodd out at 51. Pacer Warren Medwinter (three for 35 off 15
overs) had Dillon Ebanks "snicking" and wicketkeeper Steve Wallace accepted this
first of three catches.
Skipper Dixieth Palmer (38) made an effort to
steady the Police innings, but after he batted for 70 minutes in which time he struck five
fours from the 52 deliveries he received, Medwinter had him caught by Paul
Brown. Left-arm medium pacer, Luke Williams (three for 18 from nine overs),
got the ball to move in the breeze as they were 97 for eight at lunch.
Shortly after lunch, Brown got Rohan Belight
playing back to hit his wicket and trap Geoff Dixon lbw as the losers followed on 104 runs
behind. It was a disastrous second innings start by Police as Medwinter had
Dixieth Palmer caught at slip by Marlon Kennedy without a run on the board.
The pair of Kevin Dodd (19) and Alton
Williams (22) took the score slowly to 38. The Soldiers fell short of pace
bowling then, as Medwinter had to leave the field with a back injury after sending down
four overs, then resorted to the spin of their skipper and the medium-pace bowling of
Anthony Folkes (two for 18 off seven overs). They quickly reduced Police to 76
for eight. Dillon Ebanks (39) then held up time for 70 minutes as he took most
of the strike while batting with Geoff Dixon.
Ernel Smith (the seventh bowler used) then
bowled Ebanks at 122 and run later, Dixon failed to beat and accurate throw from Marlon
Kennedy but their efforts forced the Soldiers to bat a second time for their 20 runs which
were required for victory.