Melbourne blast St Catherine to seal semis spot
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Last season's beaten finalists Melbourne, Manchester, St Ann and Westmoreland will contest the semi-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association One-Day Tournament, after registering victories in the final set of preliminary round games at the weekend.
In the battle to determine which team from the Corporate Area would advance, Melbourne trounced St Catherine CC by 231 runs at Melbourne Oval.
Sent to bat, Melbourne piled up 338 for seven off 50 overs on the back of 72 from in-form leg-spinning all-rounder, Damion Jacob. All-rounder Tafari Williams, 63, and Andre McCarthy, 44, also got among the runs against West Indies pacer Andre Russell, who ended with three for 70.
St Catherine, in reply, could only muster 107 with captain Tamar Lambert, 25, making most runs against the offspin of Williams, two for 19, left-arm spinner Chris Lamont, two for 21 and teenage leg-spinner Dwayne Thompson, two for 18.
Over at Three Hills, St Ann edged St Mary by eight runs. St Ann posted 220 with Hanchard Hamilton getting 86 and sidelined national opener Xavier Marshall 44 against Jermaine Chisholm, three for 58 and Andre Creary, two for 24.
St Mary, in response, were held to 212 off 44.3 overs, with Andre Creary, 49, and Robert Weir, 33, top-scoring against Kemar Allen, three for 44.
Manchester got the better of St Elizabeth by five wicket at Manley Horne Park. St Elizabeth, asked to take first strike, were blown away for 93 in 31.2 overs with leg-spinner Donovan Sinclair, four for 12 and David Powell, two for 17, doing most damage.
Manchester then raced to 94 for five off 28.2 overs, with Zeniffe Fowler 24 leading the way against Darren Powell, two for 32.
Westmoreland, in the meantime, booked their spot via a six-wicket win over Hanover at Elgin Town.
Westmoreland won the toss and inserted Hanover, who were restricted to 141 off 28.4 overs.
Young national batsman, Jermaine Blackwood, 38 and, Rickel Walker, 32, were the only players to offer any resistance against Nick Blackwood, three for 19 and Adrian Thompson, two for six.
Westmoreland, in reply, then reached 142 for six off 28.2 overs.
Jason Thompson 72 made most runs, while Mckoy Ewart, two for 39, took most wickets.
In other results, G.C. Foster College defeated Portland by 96 runs at G.C. Foster, while St Catherine CA scored a three-wicket win over Clarendon at Esquivel Sports Club.