Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Two-time defending champions St Catherine and Manchester will today square off in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association Twenty20 championship at Up Park Camp, beginning at 2 p.m.
Led by André Russell and opener Oraine Williams, St Catherine defeated Melbourne by 73 runs while Manchester, thanks to another standout performance from Damion Bryce, defeated surprise qualifiers St Mary by 81 runs in semi-final play at Up Park Camp yesterday.
Russell made 54 off a mere 15 balls, including eight sixes, while Williams hit three sixes and two fours in making 57 off as St Catherine, who won the toss and elected to bat, posted a challenging 195 for four.
Wayne Morgan, 43 off 30 balls, including three sixes and two fours, also got among the runs against Nikita Miller, Chris Lamont, Damion Jacobs, and Yannick Elliott, who all ended with a wicket each.
Melbourne, in reply, could only manage 122 for seven off their allotted 20 overs with spinners Odean Brown and Bevon Brown ending with two for 16 and two for 16 and two for 19, respectively.
"Today, we batted really well with Russell and Oraine really getting the job done along with spinners Odean and Bevon. We can almost always depend on them to bring us home," said St Catherine captain Tamar Lambert.
"It's now on to the final tomorrow where you will have two teams, who over the past couple of years have been playing consistently good cricket," he added.
Manchester, meanwhile, were led home on a 47-ball 64 from Bryce, who laid the foundation for his team's impressive total of 192 for six.
Bryce hit four sixes and four fours during his knock and was supported by captain Gary Graham, 55, Jamie Merchant, 33, and Zeniffe Fowler, 16. Pacer Claudius Thompson, with two for 37, took most wickets.
St Mary, in response, were restricted to 111 off 15 overs with part-time off-spinner Nicholas Walters claiming three for 15 and pacer Chris Powell, two for 26.
"It was a good all-round performance from the team today with Bryce and young Nicholas Walters again showing what they are capable of," said Graham.