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Melbourne, Kingston in key clash

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2015 | 10:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Out-of-favour West Indies spinner Nikita Miller believes second-place Melbourne have what it takes to overcome the challenge of leaders Kingston in their top-of-the-table Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship clash at Melbourne Oval today.

The Zone D fixture, one of 11 final preliminary round matches on, weather permitting, will see Melbourne looking to win and stave off the challenges of St Thomas CA and Kensington CC, who are both looking to cop the second spot.

The unbeaten Kingston, captained by Brandon King, have an unassailable 24 points after four matches, while Melbourne have 18.

St Thomas and Kensington, who will meet at Goodyear Oval, have 12 points each.

"It's a crucial game, and when there is a crucial game like this, you have to go hard," said Miller, captain of Melbourne.

Out-of-contention Boys Town and Lucas will meet in the zone's other encounter at Collie Smith Drive.

In other matches, leaders St Elizabeth face eliminated Westmoreland, and second-position St James will host third-place Hanover in Zone A.

Early qualifiers St Catherine CA will host Kingston and St Andrew CA, second-place St Catherine CC play eliminated Manchester, and third-place Clarendon welcome GC Foster College in Zone B.

Meanwhile, in Zone C, University of the West Indies will travel to second-place St Ann, third-place Jamaica Defence Force play Portland at Folly Oval, while St Mary entertain Police at Three Hills Oval.