Saturday, December 16, 2017

Campbell, Miller bowl Jamaica into semis


Slow bowlers John Campbell and Nikita Miller shared seven wickets as they bowled Jamaica into the semi-finals of the Regional Four-Day Championship, with a 59-run victory over the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC), yesterday.

Part-time off-spinner Campbell ended with the flattering figures of four for 17 from eight overs and champion left-arm spinner Miller finished with three for 61 from 27.5 overs, as the CCC were dismissed for 177 in their second innings on the final day of the seventh round match.

Miller formalised the result about 40 minutes after the start of play, when coincidentally he had opposing left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican caught behind for four, playing forward defensively.

The result earned the Jamaicans 15 points, moving them to 59 and into fourth place at the completion of the preliminary phase of the tournament, and the CCC bagged three points to end on 49 and finish fifth.

The visitors remain in Bridgetown to face Kraigg Brathwaite’s Barbados side in the semi-finals, which start on Saturday. The final positions were confirmed at the conclusion of the last match between Guyana and T&T at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence. Jamaica

Starting the day on 155 for five, CCC were setback in the third over of the morning, when the injured Paul Palmer, their last recognised batsman, was caught at slip off Campbell for a duck.

Miller turned the screws next over, when he trapped Akeem Dewar lbw for one, playing defensively forward, and Campbell squeezed tighter, when captain Steven Jacobs was caught at deep mid-wicket for 21, going for glory.

CCC were 163 for eight and it was all a matter of time, as Campbell had Kevin McClean caught at silly point for 10 from a delivery that leapt at the batsman before Miller wrote the final sentence. The victory also meant that the Jamaicans kept their enviable record of never losing to the CCC in this tournament intact.

Summarised Scores:

JAMAICA 182 (Carlton Baugh 57, Jerome Taylor 39; Raymon Reifer 3/24, Akeem Dewar 2/24, Jomel Warrican 2/42, Ryan Austin 2/70) and 215 (Carlton Baugh 78, Jermaine Blackwood 48, John Campbell 38; Akeem Dewar 4/74, Raymon Reifer 2/32, Ryan Austin 2/50) vs CCC 161 (Kevin McClean 36, Shacaya Thomas 33, Kyle Corbin 22; Nikita Miller 5/31, Jerome Taylor 3/40) and 177 (Chadwick Walton 47, Kyle Corbin 31, Raymon Reifer 30, Steven Jacobs 21; John Campbell 4/17, Nikita Miller 3/61, Jerome Taylor 2/36)

—Jamaica won by 59 runs