Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Out-of-favour West Indies wicketkeeper, Carlton Baugh Jr, slammed an impressive 104 not out yesterday to lead Melbourne to a 131-run win over Westmore-land in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association One-Day Championship at Naranda Bauxite Sports Club.
Melbourne, who won the toss and decided to bat, posted a challenging 307 for six off their allotted 50 overs with Baugh Jr getting support from all-rounder Fabian Allen, who made 66.
Fast bowler Jason Dawes claimed two for 53.
Westmoreland, in reply, were restricted to 176 off 34 overs with all-rounders Tafari Williams, four for 31, and Yannick Elliott, three for 44, along with leg-spinner, Damion Jacobs, two for 53, doing most damage.
"After two years of no success in the competition it feels great to be on top," said Melbourne captain Nikita Miller.
"The last two years we made it to the final but lost to St Ann and the JDF, however, this year we were determined to change that.
"We did well when we batted with Baugh showing his experience with the bat, and when we fielded it was a total team effort," he added.
David Fitzroy Campbell, manager of Westmoreland, who was appearing in their first national final, said despite their performance in the final, he was proud of their seasonal effort.
"We did not rise to the occasion today, but that is how it goes sometimes," said Campbell.
"We fielded and bowled well up until the 30-odd overs region, however, we lost our way towards the end of the innings.
"But we can't really cry as all in all it was a fairly good season as no one expected us to reach this far."
Melbourne pocketed $200,000 for the win while runners-up Westmoreland took home $100,000.