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Salvan Browne got 70* for Police 2.
Salvan Browne got 70* for Police 2.

By E. Glenford Prescott

Salvan Browne played a lone hand that saved Police 2 from utter humiliation, but the lawmen still ended their NLA Premier Division match against Victors 1 in a state of ignominy with an innings defeat at the Stubbs Playing Field last weekend.

SCORES: Police 2 — 114 & 65, Victors 1 — 184.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat, the officers found themselves in heaps of trouble with half the team back in the pavilion with the score 23/5 within the first 5 overs. And things were to get even worse as the score slipped to 29/7, but Browne, who was given a number of let offs by the Victors 1 fielders, took full advantage.

Batting at number six, he refused to be deterred in his approach even as wickets tumbled around him, and, in a counter attacking innings, lashed 70* in the total of 114. He struck 8 fours and 3 sixes off the 73 balls he faced during his 114-minute stay at the crease.

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Browne featured in partnerships of 40 for the eighth wicket with Darius Martin (7) and 45 for the ninth with Romario Bibby (3).

Norlan Williams, bowling pace and spin took, 4/31 while Shaquille Browne, who did the early damage bowling with some pace, grabbed 3/8 from 7 overs.

Victors 1 thoughts of an easy afternoon were quickly put to bed as, after an opening partnership of 22 between Atticus Browne (13) and Chrisroy John (20), they quickly jack-knifed into trouble and were uncomfortably placed at 100/7 as offspinner Kenneth Dember (4/74) once again proved a handful against his former teammates.

It was left to Williams (44) to use the long handle to good effect as he carted 5 sixes and 1 four to grab the initiative back from the officers while doing some damage to some bowling figures. Damaul Phillips made 27 as pacer Bibby 3/33 and offspinner Elmore Alexander 3/52 limited the damage.

Police 2, with the task of erasing a deficit of 70, even fell below expectations as having hit rock bottom first time around, lowered themselves into a shaft batting a second time — being dismissed for 65 to lose by an innings and 5 runs.

Williams, bowling offspin, grabbed 4/3 from 5 overs for a match haul of 8/34 and Browne 3/16.