Melbourne capture Junior Cup
MELBOURNE CC's manager Larry Crichton was a relieved man after his team recovered from a lower order collapse to beat University of the West Indies (UWI) by one wicket in last Saturday's final of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Junior Cup competition at Up Park Camp.
"It is very satisfying given the way things turned out," an obviously elated Crichton said.
The University team batted first and was dismissed for 104, but their bowlers ensured a tight contest as Melbourne slumped from 91-5 to 102-9 during the nail-biting run-chase.
Scores: UWI 104 (36.3 overs); Melbourne 105-9 (46.2 overs).
Opener Desmond Jones carried his bat through the UWI innings with a patient unbeaten 52 runs from 109 deliveries. Middle-order batsman Devon Buchanan was the next best with 19 runs.
Melbourne's spinner Mario Grant led the way with 5-23 in nine overs and three balls, while pacer Jahvon Wallaston bagged 3-30.
In Melbourne's reply, lower middle-order batsmen Ray Stewart (30) and Marvin Lobban (22) took the Derrymore Road-based team within touching distance of the win. But four wickets tumbled for an additional 11 runs before they finally crept home in the low-scoring final.
UWI's left-arm spinner Tyrone White took 3-21, pacer Omar Samuels grabbed 3-23, and off-spinner Horaine Linton snared 2-21.
Crichton praised the fighting spirit that sealed the championship win — a second for the club in three weeks after their romp in the JCA 50-overs tournament.
"I'm really happy that Melbourne found it and rallied to hold the trophy. The bowlers did well for us. We were in a good position and somehow found ourselves in some trouble while batting. Full credit to UWI, because despite the small total, at no point did they say they would fall on their own swords," he said.
The manager added: "The cricketing fraternity at Melbourne met at the start of the season and we had discussions with the players what our goals were for this year. Our target was to win it all — meaning whatever we participated in whether Senior Cup, 50-overs, Junior Cup, or Minor Cup."