Westmoreland, Melbourne vie for all-island 50-overs title

Intriguing action is anticipated in today’s championship match of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) all-island limited-overs competition when Westmoreland CA battle Melbourne CC at the Noranda Bauxite ground in Discovery Bay, St Ann.

Last weekend, the teams travelled contrasting routes to secure final spots.

Former champion Melbourne — a dominant force all season — comfortably beat St Ann by 109 runs, while Westmoreland booked their place without bowling a ball or lifting a bat in anger.

Westmoreland’s semi-final clash with Manchester CA, scheduled for the Manchester High cricket ground, was called off without a ball being bowled due to bad weather. The Westmoreland outfit progressed on the basis of having the more outright wins of the two throughout the preliminary round.

Captain and former national youth player Ziggy Levy and Nick Blackwood, along with brothers Jason and Adrian Thompson, have been the prominent batsmen for the Westmoreland team.

National pacer Jason Dawes, seamer Kenardo Fletcher and the spin pair of Rassei Spencer and Ramaul Lewis have been the main bowlers.

Westmoreland, whose only loss came against St James in the group stage, are in uncharted territory, having never been to the 50-overs final before.

Team manager David Campbell welcomes the tag of underdog.

“The guys have a full idea of what we need to do. We know going up against Melbourne we’ll be considered the underdogs, but the guys are showing good discipline and we are executing well and we have lost only one game,” Campbell told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

So far this season, Melbourne’s batting department, which includes openers Jon Ross Campbell and Tareque White, as well as sidelined West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Carlton Baugh, has put together good totals.

The bowling, which is dominated by spinners Christopher Lamont, Jacobs and Yannick Elliott, has been just as effective.

Melbourne’s captain and left-arm spinner Miller, who missed most of the team’s matches this season due to West Indies ‘A’ duties, is depending on his players to maintain the high standard against Westmoreland.

“I expect us to continue the good work… the guys have been playing some really good cricket throughout the season and I hope for no less coming tomorrow. Once we execute our plans efficiently while batting, bowling and fielding I think we’ll be well on our way to being champions again.

“Westmoreland over the years has been a very strong team, but I don’t know much about them this time around. I know they have some Under-19 and some senior players… (and) they have ability. We’ll have to be at our best, we can’t take anyone lightly and we cannot go in over-confident,” Miller said.


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