Bolt hits 40 as tourists open with win
HAMILTON, Bermuda - Sprint champion Usain Bolt's younger brother Sadiki struck 40 as Jamaican club side Melbourne Cricket Club opened a whirlwind five-match tour of Bermuda with a 49-run victory over local side Jamaican Association in a Twenty20 match at Somerset on Thursday night.
Bolt helped Melbourne post 155-7 with five boundaries in his innings and later took a catch as the tourists restricted Jamaican Association, the Commercial Cricket League's T20 defending champions, to 106-5. Bolt's offspinners, however, were less impressive as his two overs went for 22 runs.
Openers Jon-Ross Campbell (20) and Shawn Lodge (25) gave Melbourne a flying start with 39 in three overs before Bolt added 24 for the third wicket with skipper Andre McCarthy (13) and 51 for the sixth wicket with Saddique Henry (21) before getting a leading edge into the covers.
Alex Dore (3-34) and Keniek Wallen (3-39) were the pick of the Jamaican Association attack.
In reply, opener Aaron Adams topscored with an explosive 43 -- including two successive sixes off Bolt in the 16th over -- but he was given little support by his team-mates as Melbourne ran out easy winners, Shamar Anderson taking 2-18 and McCarthy 2-20.
Melbourne were forced to make two changes ahead of the tour after 26-year-old all-rounder Yannick Elliott suffered a stroke over the Easter holiday and Fabian Allen was ruled out because of school commitments.
Bolt's knock came nine years after his brother Usain lit up the crowd by smashing the world junior 200-metre record in Bermuda, winning in 19.93 seconds at the regional CARIFTA Games at the National Stadium.
Melbourne will also play a T20 match against hosts Somerset Cricket Club on Friday night in addition to three 50 overs matches against the senior national team, all at Somerset at the island's west end, on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Melbourne Cricket Club 155-7 innings closed (Sadiki Bolt 40; Alex Dore 3-24, Keniek Wallen 3-39), Jamaican Association 106-5 innings closed (Aaron Adams 43). Melbourne won by 49 runs