Melbourne outlast JDF to lift Senior Cup title


Melbourne outlast JDF to lift Senior Cup title

Monday, April 15, 2019

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Melbourne Cricket Club secured another hold on the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup, after getting by Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) via first-innings honours in the championship match at Sabina Park yesterday.

After grabbing the ascendancy on Saturday's opening day, the Courtney Walsh Drive-based club, contesting their fourth-consecutive final, did not relent and comfortably got across the line for their first two-day title since 2016.

Resuming yesterday on 102-2 in response to JDF's paltry first innings of 113, Melbourne pushed on to 179, with top scorer Tareque White adding only two to his overnight 51. Left-arm finger spinner Shamarie Brown was the chief destroyer for JDF, snaring 5-54.

With a lead of 66 runs, Melbourne's left-arm finger spinner Christopher Lamont then ran amok, bagging 7-73 to restrict the soldiers to 192 and handing his side a lead of 126 runs. He ended with match figures of 10-97.

Cognisant of the fact that their first-innings advantage was good enough for the title, Melbourne took no interest in chasing the outright victory and saw off the day's remaining overs to reach 69-3. Wicketkeeper/batsman Aldaine Thomas was unbeaten for 54.

Scores: JDF 113 (52.5 overs) and 192 (31.4 overs); Melbourne 179 (65.1 overs) and 69-3 (25 overs).

After losing White via the run out route with the score at 109-3 yesterday, Melbourne suffered a downward spiral as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Brown accounted for Raewin Senior (three), Andre McCarthy (zero), Kymani Wilson (zero) and Krishna Graham (zero), all in quick succession, to leave Melbourne at 115-7 at that point.

Aldaine Thomas (32) and Yannick Elliott (31) helped to restore parity.

Faced with a 66-run deficit, JDF, who won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 editions of the Senior Cup, were intent on giving themselves a fighting chance.

Their efforts were aided by a few dropped chances by Melbourne.

JDF's swashbuckling opener Jermaine Harrison, with a well-played 49, and captain Leighton Leslie, unbeaten on 45, led the charge, while cameos from Marlon Pinnock (26) and Tyrone Burton (16) also proved fruitful.

Needing 127 for an outright win Melbourne took the less adventurous route, choosing to see off the JDF bowling. Andre Dennis sent back White (seven) and captain Javelle Glenn (three) in quick succession, while Brown accounted for Abijhai Mansingh (zero).

However Thomas, with some positive stroke play, and the patient Raewin Senior, unbeaten on three, ensured the many-time champions got another hold on the trophy.

— Sherdon Cowan

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