Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
A workmanlike all-round performance from West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell yesterday guided St Catherine CC to the semi-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association One-Day championship.
Russell, who was overlooked for the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England, scored an unbeaten 31 and took three for 18 to lead the Saints to a nine-wicket win over Kingston and St Andrew.
The Corporate Area Zone B fixture, which was played at Maxfield Park, saw Kingston and St Andrew batting first and making 110 against Russell and captain Tamar Lambert, who claimed three for 20.
Shacoya Thomas, 59 not out, then provided Russell with support as St Catherine cruised to 115 for one.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
"It feels good to reach the semi-finals yet again," said St Catherine player-coach Odean Brown.
"We are not where we want to be, as there is a lot of room for improvement. But we are looking forward to it and that hope that we will be able to reach the final," he added.
Meanwhile, another sidelined West Indies player, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, was in spanking form as he scored an even century to guide Melbourne to a 120-run win over Lucas and into the semi-finals as well.
The encounter, which was played at Melbourne Oval, saw Melbourne batting first and making 268 off 48.2 overs.
Andre McCarthy, 27, was the Kangaroo's next best scorer against left-arm spinner Errol Thomas, three for 45.
Lucas was bowled out for 148 off 35.1 overs with leg-spinner, Dwayne Thompson, four for 17, and Chris Lamont, three for 26, taking most wickets.
In other results, Kensington defeated Boys' Town by five wickets at Collie Smith Drive.
Boys' Town first made 77 with Cassius Burton taking 3-16, Ryan Francis and Delbert Gayle 2-19 each.
Kensington, in response, scored 78-5 with Burton topscoring with 17.