Taylor's knock lifts Melbourne past G C Foster

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Steven Taylor rode his luck while blasting a half-century to lift Melbourne CC to a three-wicket win over G C Foster College in the first-round Zone D Jam T20 Bashment cricket game.

The left-hander Taylor, who survived three clear dropped chances, top-scored with an unbeaten 78 as Melbourne scratched unconvincingly to 139-7 in reply to G C Foster's 137-8 at University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Bowl.

Scores: G C Foster 137-8 (20 overs); Melbourne 139-7 (18.3 overs).

Javelle Glenn, the Melbourne captain, was grateful for the win which gave them a winning start to the 2019 local club cricket Twenty20 campaign.

“We really believe in our team. It's a total team effort — we stuttered a little bit at the end. I must say well played to Steven Taylor because he batted right through the innings and that made the difference for us,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

In the early game at the venue, 2014 champions UWI beat Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) by 27 runs. On the back of Sadique Henry's 57 not out, UWI made 156-5 off their allotted 20 overs.

In their run chase, JDF, undermined by UWI spinners Brad Barnes (3-35) and Akim Fraser (2-31), folded for 129 all out.

Scores: UWI 156-5 (20 overs); JDF 129 (19 overs).

In the second game of the double-header, G C Foster won the toss and batted first against Melbourne.

G C Foster struggled to find the boundary with any consistency but managed to squeeze out what proved to be a competitive total.

Peter Brown led with a 32-ball 42, while Ramon Senior made 32 from 36 balls.

Left-arm pacer Shalome Parnell was Melbourne's best bowler with 3-35 off four overs. Raewin Senior, Christopher Lamont and Khari Campbell claimed one wicket each.

In their chase Melbourne got a brisk 47-run start from openers Steven Taylor and Tareque White, but the latter's demise for 12 precipitated a flurry of wickets which included three run-outs.

Aside from Taylor, White and Glenn (11) no batsman reached 10 as Melbourne slumped to 109-7. But Taylor and Razaq Williams, who made five not out, weathered the storm to push Melbourne over the line.

— Sanjay Myers

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