Ou­tar cen­tury lead JDF past Manchester

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jermaine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

FOR­MER NATIONAL Un­der19 and Ja­maica Defence Force (JDF) bats­man Rasheed Ou­tar has de­scribed the time it took him to score a cen­tury against Manchester CA in the sec­ond round of the Ja­maica Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion All-Is­land Lim­ited Overs Cham­pi­onship at the week­end as “hard”.

Ou­tar, a for­mer Ja­maica se­nior team tri­als in­vi­tee, hit 115 to help pi­lot his team to a 27 runs win over Manchester at Up Park Camp.

The soldiers, who were asked to take first strike, posted 293 for seven off their al­lot­ted 50 overs. Sean Bennett with 60 best sup­ported Ou­tar with 60 against Damian Bryce two for 50 off seven overs.

Manchester, in re­ply, were then lim­ited to 266 off 40.5 overs with Sher­don Allen get­ting 97 and side­lined national off-spin­ner Jamie Mer­chant 53.

West In­dies ‘A’ fast bowler Rey­nard Lev­eridge, who re­cently re­turned from Sri Lanka af­ter pick­ing up an in­jury, in re­turn­ing to ac­tion, claimed four for 41 off nine overs, while Rayon Bennett fin­ished with three for 46.

“It is one of my hard­est hun­dreds, as batting, it was not flow­ing,’’ stated Ou­tar, who was dis­missed in the 50th over while at­tempt­ing to help his team set a big­ger to­tal.

FIND­ING THE GAPS

“I was not mid­dling the ball with the bat most of the times, I was not find­ing the gaps that of­ten, and it took a lot out of me.

“As a mat­ter fact, I had to run a lot of twos and threes, and scored only one bound­ary in the first fifty runs I made.

“But I wanted the hun­dred, so I spent as much time at the crease as I could, and in the lat­ter part of my in­nings, the runs started to flow.’’

The win was the sec­ond for the JDF in as many matches.

Else­where, St Thomas got the bet­ter of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons St Cather­ine CC by 176 runs, Kens­ing­ton de­feated St Mary by seven wick­ets, Claren­don edged Mel­bourne by one wicket, St Cather­ine CA beat Lu­cas by two wick­ets, St Ann de­feated Kingston and St Andrew by 81 runs, and St James over­came the chal­lenge of Boys’ Town by five wick­ets.

The Port­land ver­sus Trelawny en­counter at Folly Oval was not played due to rain.

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