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April 27, 2013
Jamaica 238 (Sealy 5-58) and 66 for 5 beat Combined Campuses and Colleges 150 (F Reifer 63) and 152 (Miller 6-33) by 5 wickets
Jamaica secured their place at the top of the points table at the end of the round-robin matches, scoring a five-wicket win against Combined Campuses and Colleges in Kingston. Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller played a central role in the victory with a match haul of eight, including six in CCC's second innings. He was well supported by debutant offspinner Jamie Merchant, who finished with five in the match.
The pair, with help from the new-ball partnership of Sheldon Cotterrell and B Buchanan (playing only his second first-class game), helped restrict CCC to 150 after they had chosen to bat. The visitors made a fist of it by keeping Jamaica to an 88-run lead, with one of their two debutants, pace bowler Dawayne Sealy, picking up a five-for. However, the Miller-Merchant combine wreaked havoc in CCC's second take, reducing them from 68 for no loss to 152 all out.
That left Jamaica with a target of 65, and while they made heavy weather of it, they eventually got home in the 23rd over with half their wickets intact. They will now host Trinidad and Tobago in the semi-finals from May 2.
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