Manchester, Saints hunt JAM T20 crown
TITLE-HOLDERS St Catherine CC and 2009 finalists Manchester CA will contest today's championship match of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) JAM T20 after both teams recorded lop-sided semi-final wins over Melbourne CC and St Mary CA, respectively, at Up Park Camp yesterday.
The final is set to start at 2:00 pm at the venue.
In the feature game of yesterday's double-header, a whirlwind half century by West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell spurred the confident St Catherine CC to a dominant 73-run victory over Melbourne.
Scores: St Catherine CC 195-4 (20 overs); Melbourne CC 122-7 (20 overs)
Batting at number five, Russell, who survived a difficult leg-side stumping chance when on nought after wicketkeeper Garfield Moore failed to break the stumps, thrashed eight sixes in a 15-ball 54 not out.
The 24-year-old entered the fray in the 17th over and unleashed a vicious assault on the Melbourne that left many cricket watchers scratching their heads trying to recall ever seeing a batsman at the club level reach the 50 landmark in as little as 14 balls
During Russell's time at the crease, St Catherine added a total of 64 runs in three overs as ball after ball were dispatched out of the park.
Earlier in the innings, former national youth opener Oraine Williams laid the platform with 57, including five sixes and a four, while all-rounder Wayne Morgan supported Russell near the end of the innings with a stroke filled 43 off 30 balls.
In reply, the shell-shocked Melbourne were never really in the hunt, as opener Tareque White batted almost an hour in a ponderous 12 off 27 balls.
Moore cracked a 36-ball 38, while Dave Johnson, batting at number nine, played extravagant strokes to end unbeaten on 22.
Former West Indies 'A' wrist-spinner Odean Brown grabbed 2-16 off three overs, while off-spinner Bevon Brown snatched 2-19 off four.
In the curtain-raiser, St Mary went down by 81 runs to a rampant Manchester outfit, led by half-tons from Damion Bryce (64) and skipper Gary Graham (55).
Scores: Manchester CA 192-6 (20 overs); St Mary 111 (15 overs)