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Melbourne, JDF through to Senior Cup final

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reigning champions Melbourne CC remain on course to defend their Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) two-day Senior Cup title following a convincing display against Kingston CC in yesterday's semi-final contest at Chedwin Park.

Melbourne were in dominant form with bat and ball to ensure first-innings honours in the drawn game.

Scores: Melbourne 411-8 dec & 153-9; Kingston 160.

Former champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) marched into the final after securing first-innings advantage against Westmoreland CA at Sabina Park in the other drawn semi-final contest.

Scores: Westmoreland 213 & 132-5; JDF 297.

At Chedwin Park, Kingston, resuming from their overnight total of nine for two, never really got going as they failed to contend with Melbourne's bowling attack and were dismissed for 160.

Only five batsmen managed double figures, with the best of the lot being all-rounder Fabian Allen, who ended unbeaten on 48.

A 40-run, second-wicket stand between Jevaughn Buchanan (32) and Captain Brandon King (22), and a fourth-wicket stand of 30 between Buchanan and Allen were the main talking points of Kingston's below-par innings.

The spin duo of Christopher Lamont and Damion Jacobs wreaked havoc. Lamont, the slow left-arm orthodox bowler, ended with 5-51, while leg-spinner Jacobs took 4-73.

Melbourne's first-innings score of 411-8 declared — which was orchestrated by centuries from openers Trevon Griffith (117) and Tareque White (101) in a 203-run partnership on Saturday's first day — ensured they had a massive 251-run lead.

They decided against enforcing the follow-on and used the second innings as batting practice.

However, complacency crept in and poor stroke play resulted in the demise of a number of batsmen as they slumped to 153-9. Andre McCarthy, with a knock of 75, was the highlight of the innings, stroking six fours and five sixes, before he too surrendered his wicket.

Medium pacer Odean Smith ended with 3-39, including the wicket of Steven Taylor, who never looked the part in comparison to his 81 scored in the first innings. Buchanan bagged 3-22.

Over at Sabina Park, JDF booked their berth with a strong display against less-fancied Westmoreland.

Batting first, Westmoreland made 213 thanks to Delroy Spence (43) and Thavi Spencer (30) against Goyan Palmer's 5-53, with Demaro Brown snaring 4-48.

Leighton Leslie, with an unbeaten 109, then guided JDF to 297 and an 84-run first-innings lead. He was supported by Joseph Palmer (37). Ramaal Lewis grabbed 4-89, while Kenardo Fletcher had 2-48.

Westmoreland were 132-5 in their second innings when the game was called off.

—Sherdon Cowan