Saturday, February 24, 2018

Jamaica, Windwards have big wins in sight

Hosts Jamaica looked set to take full points against Leeward Islands at stumps yesterday, Day Two of their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-Day Tournament encounter at Sabina Park, as they lead by 254 runs.

The Jamaicans were 153 for nine at the end of the day's play, with lower order batsman Odean Brown on 22 not out, and the Leeward Islands hope of salvaging points fragile with two days left in the match.

Skipper Tamar Lambert led the way for Jamaica with 43, while wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Junior also struck 20. Hayden Walsh (four wickets) and Tonito Willett (two) were the Leewards' main wicket takers.

But the Leewards were in danger after being bowled out for 108 runs, 101 short of Jamaica's first innings of 209. Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller took seven wickets, and pacer Andrew Richardson the other three, to wreck the visitors' innings.

In the other regional match, Barbados are in big trouble after the Windward Island posted 252 for two at Kensington Oval in Barbados. This follows the Windwards first innings score of 184, after which they skittled the home side for 64. Barbados now trail by 372 runs with two days left in the match.

Summarised scores:

JAMAICA 209 all out (Jermaine Blackwood 42, Nkrumah Bonner 39, Odean Brown 30 not out; Justin Athanaze 4/76, Quinton Boatswain 3/21) and 153 for nine (Tamar Lambert 43, Odean Brown 22 not out, Carlton Baugh 20; Hayden Walsh 4/45, Tonito Willett 2/16)

LEEWARDS 108 (Montcin Hodge 21; Nikita Miller 7/13, Andrew Richardson 3/34)

WINDWARDS 184 all out (Devon Smith 40, Andre Fletcher 38, Kenroy Peters 25 not out; Sulieman Benn 4/50, Ashley Nurse 4/63) and 252 for two (Devon Smith 121 not out, Tyrone Theophile 91, Johnson Charles 23)

BARBADOS 64 (Kevin Stoute 33; Shane Shillingford 4/20, Nelon Pascal 3/29, Kenroy Peters 2/-9)