Melbourne ahead against JDF in Senior Cup final

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Melbourne Cricket Club are in the ascendancy against Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) entering today's final day of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup championship match.

At the close of yesterday's opening day at Sabina Park, Melbourne were 102-2 in reply to JDF's meagre 113 all out.

Melbourne opener Tareque White is unbeaten on 51, while wicketkeeper/batsman Aldaine Thomas is on 13

Scores: JDF 113 (52.5 overs); Melbourne 102-2 (35 overs).

Melbourne's skipper Javelle Glenn said his team will take nothing for granted.

“We came here with the spirit of good cricket in mind, and you saw that today. But we're taking it step by step — the game is not over yet,” Glenn told members of the media during an interview at the close of play.

The JDF camp remains optimistic of a comeback.

“We somehow came out today as if we weren't properly prepared. We are down but we are not out – there are two days of cricket and this is half time, so let's see what happens tomorrow,” said JDF's manager Major Aubyn Sibblies.

Melbourne won the toss and asked JDF to take first strike in sunny and windy conditions yesterday morning.

Their decision paid dividends almost immediately as they sent back swashbuckling opener Jermaine Harrison (16) and semi-finals centurion Deethmar Anderson (12).

By the time the soldiers laboured to 69 runs in seamer and spinner friendly conditions, they had lost half of their batting.

And Melbourne kept their foot on their opponents to eventually have them dismissed for 113.

Number four batsman Kevin Daley was the only one to pass 20, scoring 30 not out.

Melbourne spinners Christopher Lamont and Yannick Elliott grabbed 3-24 and 3-32, respectively. Pace bowlers Shalome Parnell and White claimed two wickets each.

Though defending a small first-innings total, Jamaica Defence Force, who won Senior Cup titles in 2014, 2015 and 2017, fought gallantly. And did make some inroads despite being undermined by instances of sloppy catching.

Left-arm seamer Tyrone Burton pinged opener Abhijai Mansingh on the boot to trap the right-handed batsman leg before wicket.

White was joined by Glenn and the two saw off JDF's probing pace attack before the latter was caught in the deep off the bowling of left-arm finger spinner Shamarie Brown for 24.

White and Thomas, who both benefited from dropped chances, took Melbourne to the close without further loss, and inched them closer to their first title since 2016.

— Sanjay Myers

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