Melbourne waltz into Senior Cup final
Former champions Melbourne CC, powered by their strong spin bowling attack, waltzed into the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association two-day Senior Cup competition after trouncing St Elizabeth CA by 10 wickets at the Melbourne Oval yesterday.
After dismissing St Elizabeth for a first innings score of 111 on Saturday, the Melbourne team added only six runs to their overnight total to be bowled out for 330.
Trailing by 219 runs, St Elizabeth batted with more responsibility in their second innings, but could only manage a total of 230 against Melbourne's slow bowling onslaught.
Scores: St Elizabeth 111 and 230; Melbourne 330 and 12-0.
Resuming yesterday morning on 324-9, the Melbourne innings was soon brought to a close as left-arm spinner Linton Buchanan snatched 6-71 off 17 overs and five balls.
Linton was supported by West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor, who appeared to bowl conservatively, given his history of back illnesses, to take 2-46 off nine overs.
On day one, Melbourne's middle-order batsmen Tafari Williams and Andre McCarthy scored respective half-centuries.
In their second time at the crease, St Elizabeth's number three batsman Kenroy Williams (88) and opener Kerry Holness (41) added 60 runs for the second wicket to form the backbone of the visitors' 230.
Williams was particularly fluent in hitting a dozen fours and three sixes and was also supported by Taylor, who hit 32, batting at number six.
Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs grabbed 5-59 off 18 overs and five balls to finish with eight wickets in the match. Off-spinner Shamar Anderson took 4-73 off 18 overs to add to his two wickets in the first innings.
Melbourne's batsman Sadique Henry hit all 12 runs that were needed to wrap up victory in the post lunch session.
Three-time defending champions Manchester CA and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) are scheduled to face each other at Up Park Camp from July 14-15 in the other semi-final match-up.
That match was originally set to start at the same time as the Melbourne versus St Elizabeth clash, but had to be postponed by the JCA because members of the JDF had other engagements.