Spinner Jacobs puts Melbourne on top
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs' fine season continued yesterday when he claimed 4-22 to put Melbourne in a comfortable position against St Mary in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior quarter-final clash at Melbourne Oval.
Jacobs, the league's leading wicket-taker with 37 scalps, led the way for the home team, who, after winning the toss, restricted St Mary to 122.
Melbourne closed the day on 275 for six for an overall lead of 153 heading into today's second and final day.
Top scorers for Melbourne so far are André McCarthy 49, John-Ross Campbell, and Jacobs, who chipped in with 43.
Earlier, Jacobs, who earlier this year was named as a reserve in Jamaica's squad for the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament after a brilliant all-round performance during the trials, was best supported by left-arm spinner Christopher Lamont, who took three for 23.
Opener Warren Weir with 56 made most runs.
In other matches, the Jamaica Defence Force batted first and posted 260 in their game against St Mary at Up Park Camp.
Opener Melvin Wallace and Joseph Palmer topscored for the army men with 44 and 43, respectively.
Hanover, in reply, closed the day on 67 for four with spinner Akar Moodie claiming three for 24.
At Alpart Sports Club, St Catherine, after winning the toss against St Elizabeth, restricted the home team to 223.
Kenroy Williams 77 and Kerry Holness made the most runs for St Elizabeth, while Odean Brown took 4-43.
St Catherine closed the day on 25 for two with the returning Jerome Taylor taking one for five.
The Manchester versus Kensington game at Manchester High started late due to a wet pitch, with Manchester closing on 25 without loss after facing 11 overs.