Melbourne in control at Sabina
Melbourne Cricket Club are in a commanding position entering the second day of the 2016 Jamaica Cricket Association's Senior Cup final after claiming first innings points from St Thomas yesterday.
Led by a topscore of 63 from national batsman Andre McCarthy, and 55 from Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, many-time champions Melbourne posted a modest 181 in their first innings on a pitch that was flat and good for batting.
National fast bowler Keno Wallace, who bowled impressively in his second spell from the downhill northern end, claimed four for 39 for St Thomas with support coming from leg-spinner Kenroy Williams, with three for 36.
Playing in their first final, St Thomas were bundled out for 111 in reply with left arm spinner Chris Lamont bagged five for 38 and Melbourne's captain Nikita Miller, four for 21.
Promising teenage pacer Oshane Thomas, who was recently picked up by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, ended with one for 19.
Williams, 28, was the top scorer for St Thomas.
Jamaica Scorpions representatives, captain Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Thomas, made nine and five, respectively.
Batting a second time, Melbourne closed on 38 for two for an overall lead of 108.
"Our batting was a bit disappointing," said Melbourne's assistant coach, Ray Stewart. "However, at the end of the day, our bowlers came back and did a fantastic job for us.
"The aim now is to try and bat as long as possible, and, hopefully, bat them out of the game."
Baugh said his team will be hunting early wickets today.
"We are down but not out," he said. "We have come from behind after losing first innings before and the aim is to try and do that on the final day, weather permitting."
Griffith, 15 not out, and McCarthy, 11 not out, will resume batting for Melbourne at 10 a.m. today. The left-handed Brown has so far taken two for 22 for St Thomas.