Miller hails bowlers af­ter Scor­pi­ons win

Ja­maica beat Wind­wards by 41 runs at Sabina Park

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Jermaine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

SPIN­NER NIKITA Miller has hailed the char­ac­ter shown by the Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons in their 41 runs win over the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes in the Dig­i­cel WICB Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship ac­tion at Sabina Park yes­ter­day.

Re­sum­ing the day on 92 for two for a 38 runs lead, and need­ing most things to go right, Ja­maica were led to vic­tory via a spir­ited and fight­ing bowl­ing and field­ing dis­play.

This was, how­ever, af­ter their bats­men, al­most made vic­tory im­prob­a­ble.

Start­ing with overnight bats­men John Camp­bell, not out on 43, and Jermaine Black­wood, not out 16, Ja­maica pro­gressed to – at one stage, 121 with­out fur­ther loss, and was eye­ing po­ten­tially a healthy sec­ond in­nings lead.

How­ever, in the space of 36 runs, they were bowled out for 157. Camp­bell, who made 32 in the first in­nings went on to lead all bat­ters with 67, while Black­wood fell for a sec­ondbest score of 27.

This left the Wind­wards with a vic­tory tar­get of 106 runs, but in one of their worse batting dis­plays, they were dis­missed for 64 in the postlunch ses­sion.

Lead­ing the way for Ja­maica was Miller, who picked up five for 22, a per­for­mance, which gave him the Man of the Match award.

WICKET TAKERS

Leg-spin­ner Damion Ja­cobs, who for the most part bowled in tan­dem with Miller, also played a part by tak­ing three for 17. The other wicket to fall was ac­counted for by debu­tant fast bowler Rey­nard Lev­eridge.

Wick­et­keeper bats­man Su­nil Am­bis, who was the joint top scorer in the Wind­wards’ first in­nings did not bat due to an in­jury.

The win was the Scor­pi­ons’ first of the sea­son af­ter los­ing their opener last week­end away to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars.

“It was a fight­ing ef­fort, and I must con­grat­u­late the lads,” said Miller, who is in his sec­ond

match as cap­tain. “I am happy that we won the game, and I am happy for the bowlers.

“I am, how­ever, not happy with the bats­men. They need to take it up on them­selves and im­prove, as at this level the type of batting per­for­mances we are dis­play­ing are not ac­cept­able.”

Liam Se­bastien, cap­tain of the Wind­wards, who are now los­ing their sec­ond match in a row, de­scribed his team’s batting dis­play as atro­cious.

“Its in­ex­cus­able hav­ing to score about 100 runs to win and get­ting bowled out for 60odd,” he be­moaned. “It’s a game that we should have won hav­ing put our­selves in a good po­si­tion to win.

Ja­maica will next host Bar­ba­dos Pride at Sabina Park start­ing on Fri­day.

MILLER

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