Melbourne outclass Westmoreland to book semis spot

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Melbourne CC advanced to the 2018 Senior Cup semi-final after outclassing Westmoreland CA by eight wickets on yesterday's second and last day of the quarter-final match at Melbourne Oval.

Chasing 94 runs for victory, Melbourne were untroubled in their second innings to race to 97-2 shortly after the tea interval.

Left-hander Assad Fudadin led the chase with an aggressive 48.

The left-hand pair of Javell Glenn and opener Trevon Griffith were not out on 21 and 15, respectively.

Scores: Westmoreland 208 & 147; Melbourne 262 & 97-2.

Resuming from their overnight first-innings score of 185-6, Melbourne went past Westmoreland's total to post 262, giving the hosts a handy lead of 54 runs.

Jon Ross Campbell, who was 24 not out overnight, added only five before he was dismissed. Yannick Elliott, who resumed on five, went on to make 24.

Damion Jacobs made 38 not out, while Andre McCarthy top-scored with 78 from Saturday's opening day.

Westmoreland off-spinners Ryan Burnett and Travi Spencer claimed 3-60 and 3-83, respectively. Another off-spinner, Nigel Palmer, had two wickets.

Batting a second time, the Westmoreland side folded meekly for 147.

Captain Shahid Crooks, who played youth cricket for Jamaica, followed his first-innings 72 with a top-score of 70 yesterday. Rohan James was next best with 27.

Melbourne left-arm finger spinner Christopher Lamont grabbed 4-41 to finish with eight wickets in the match. Jamaica fast bowler Oshane Thomas chipped in with 2-10.

In pursuit of a small total for victory, Melbourne let loose in positive fashion. Number three batsman Fudadin was ruthless against the bowlers, smashing the ball to all parts. He fell two runs short of a half-century in a 53-ball knock that included five fours and three sixes.

After the dismissal of the Guyanese, Glenn and Griffith guided the home team to win.

— Sanjay Myers

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