Melbourne win Senior Cup
Melbourne are the 2016 champions of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup.
The Nikita Miller-captained outfit, whose last hold on the two-day crown was in 2012, won the tournament after defeating first-time finalists St Thomas CA by 75 runs at Sabina Park yesterday.
Resuming on 38 for two in their second innings and with an overall lead of 108 runs - after scoring 181 in their first time at bat - Melbourne were dismissed for 159, despite 59 from former national youth representative Omar Allison.
Batting at number seven, stroke-playing Allison was best supported by opening batsman, Guyanese Trevon Griffith, who, after being not out 15 overnight, went on to post 37, and Andre McCarthy, who added seven to his overnight 11.
Leading the way for St Thomas was off-spin all-rounder Marvin Darlington, who snared five for 41, and Jamaica left-arm fast bowler Gavan Brown, who, after picking up two for 22 on day one, went on to end with four for 47.
St Thomas, who scored 111 in their first innings, were then set an outright victory target of 231. However, courtesy of the ever-reliable and in-form Miller, they were bowled out for 156.
Bowling his usual tight lines and mixing variations, Miller was seconded by his left-arm counterpart and seasonal sidekick Christopher Lamont, who gathered three for 61 and standout teenage fast bowler Oshane Thomas, who started the demise with two for 23.
Carlton Baugh Jr, captain of St Thomas, was the pick of the batsmen for the losers with 48, while former Jamaica youth captain Jamie Trenchfield, with whom Baugh put on a threatening 67 for the fifth wicket, made 25.
The victory was sweet delight for Melbourne, who, during the preliminaries, went down to St Thomas on first-innings points.
Also as well, last season, Melbourne had their win against the men from the east in the national one-day championship overturned by the JCA, due to the use of inadequate sightscreens. The JCA ruling eliminated Melbourne from the tournament.
"It's a pleasing win," said Miller, whose team, in addition to the trophy, took home $500,000. "It's also good to know that after losing to St Thomas in the group stages, we turned up and won when it mattered most."