Bat with com­mon sense – Miller

... Scor­pi­ons skip­per de­mands im­prove­ments from bats­men

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jermaine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

NEWLY AP­POINTED Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons cap­tain Nikita Miller is call­ing for bet­ter judge­ment to be ex­er­cised by bats­men within the team as they seek to ad­dress their bat­ting fail­ures in the on­go­ing 2016-2017 Dig­i­cel WICB Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship.

Set to con­test their third match of the cam­paign, be­gin­ning on Friday at Sabina Park, against early lead­ers Bar­ba­dos Pride, the Scor­pi­ons, who are cur­rently fifth in the six-team tour­na­ment, have so far passed the 200 runs land­mark once in four in­nings.

That was against reign­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars in Guyana in their first in­nings. The other to­tals have been 147, 151 and 159.

These be­low-par per­for­mances have also re­sulted in only two play­ers, opener John Campbell and Jermaine Black­wood, scor­ing half-cen­turies with the for­mer scor­ing two, and the lat­ter once.

The left-handed Campbell hit 71 and one against Guyana be­fore fol­low­ing up with 32 and 67 against the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes at the week­end at Sabina Park, while West Indies Test rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Black­wood, af­ter scor­ing 18 and 96 against the Jaguars, put up three and 27 in the sec­ond match.

BE SEN­SI­BLE

“We need to be sen­si­ble about what we are do­ing. I don’t think we are show­ing enough com­mon sense in our bat­ting,’’ states Miller, who claimed a Man of the Match, five for 22, in the sec­ond in­nings to spear­head Ja­maica to a come­from-be­hind 41 runs over the Vol­ca­noes on Mon­day.

They lost to the Jaguars by 181 runs in their opener.

“We have as bats­men an ag­gres­sion nat­u­rally be­cause that’s how we play nat­u­rally, but what you see hap­pen­ing is we are not find­ing the right kind of blend in terms of at­tack­ing or de­fend­ing.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing, and we need to find that com­bi­na­tion very quickly, or else as the sea­son pro­gresses, we are go­ing to fal­ter.’’

Ja­maica, who un­der the lead­er­ship of young bats­man, Paul Palmer Jr, fin­ished third last sea­son, has two other spe­cial­ist bats­men on their 13-man ros­ter. They are dis­carded West Indies opener, Sha­caya Thomas, and promis­ing young bats­man, Bran­don King.

This could thereby re­sult in a pos­si­ble change for the Bar­ba­dos clash with Guyanese-born opener Trevon Grif­fith with scores of 20, 13, six and 22, a po­ten­tial can­di­date for a re­place­ment.

SPE­CIAL­IST BATS­MEN

Mid­dle-or­der bats­man An­dre McCarthy, fresh from his re­cent tour with West Indies ‘A’ away to Sri Lanka, is the other spe­cial­ist bats­man in the team. He has so far amassed to­tals of 36, two, one and one.

Out-of-favour West Indies wick­et­keeper bats­man Chad­wick Wal­ton has been bat­ting at num­ber six and has so far tal­lied scores of 14, 13, six and 14.

All-rounder and new re­cruit, Der­val Green, in the two matches so far has ef­fected scores of five, zero, four and two bat­ting at num­ber seven.

“Bar­ba­dos will be a tougher chal­lenge, and our bat­ters need to recog­nise this, and do some­thing about it,’’ Miller added.

“In­for­ma­tion is not short, prac­tice is not short, and en­cour­age­ment is not short. It’s down to the in­di­vid­ual to get them­selves go­ing.’’

John Campbell has been Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons’ best bats­man so far.

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