Melbourne, UWI advance to Senior Cup final

Monday, April 23, 2018

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INNSWOOD, St Catherine — The University of the West Indies (UWI) and perennial finalists Melbourne CC advanced to next week's championship match of the 2018 Jamaica Cricket Association two-day Senior Cup after a pair of favourable drawn results yesterday.

Melbourne were dominant in claiming first-innings honours from hosts St Catherine CC in the drawn encounter at Chedwin Park.

When extensive afternoon rain ended the semi-final encounter at Chedwin Park, St Catherine CC were 134-2, still 166 runs from making the visitors bat a second time.

Earlier, Guyanese-born left-hander Assad Fudadin and Jon-Ross Campbell both notched hundreds to pilot Melbourne to a daunting 445 all out in reply to St Catherine CC's paltry first-innings total of 146 on Saturday's opening day.

Scores: St Catherine CC 146 (44.3 overs) & 134-2 (21 overs); Melbourne 445 (84.1 overs).

Elsewhere, UWI got past Manchester CA at Manchester High playing field despite the hosts not being able to complete their first innings.

Manchester had only reached 59-2 in their first-innings reply to UWI's big 344-6 declared when rain interruption for a second-straight day forced an end to proceedings.

UWI, who resumed yesterday on 111-0, prevailed by virtue of having a superior record in terms of average runs conceded per wickets taken this season.

Scores: UWI 344-6 declared (79 overs); Manchester 59-2 (17 overs).

Leonardo Friginette top-scored for UWI with 166 not out, while Chadwick Walton and Oshane Walters added 80 and 58, respectively.

At Chedwin Park, the 2016 champions Melbourne, who have contested the previous two finals, entered yesterday's start of play having already secured first-innings advantage on Saturday.

From 252-3 they built a formidable total as Fudadin, who was overnight on 97, and Campbell, resuming on 26, breezed to 110 and 126, respectively.

Fudadin's knock included 12 fours and five sixes from 115 deliveries, while Campbell's innings spanned 139 balls and was laced with 20 boundaries.

Wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas chipped in with 32, while left-handers Javell Glenn (86) and Steven Taylor (42) played their part on the first day.

Medium pacer Oraine Williams grabbed 3-31 for St Catherine, while slow left-arm orthodox Jeavor Royal had 3-83.

Batting a second time, St Catherine's opener Williams made 64 before rain halted the contest and left Melbourne looking toward a third-consecutive Senior Cup final.

— Sanjay Myers

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