Bennett looking for improved display
Jamaica Gleaner article.
Port of Spain, Trinidad - Coach Junior Bennett will be looking for an improved display from his bowlers heading in today's Zone A fixture against Ireland in the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago.
Jamaica, who beat title-holders Windward Islands by 14 runs last Friday, will enter the showdown seeking their second successive win.
"There are some grey areas in our cricket that we need to sort out going into our next match," said Bennett.
"For example, I was not happy with the way our fast bowlers bowled in the first match as when you look at it most of them went for over six runs per over, which at this level, is not acceptable."
Jamaica, who won the toss and elected to bat, made a challenging 282 for five against the Windwards, only to see wayward bowling allowing their opponents to come within striking distance at 268 for eight .
The ineffective bowling was led by opening pair, left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, and all-rounder Andre Russell.
The inexperienced Cottrell, playing in his sixth one-day match, ended with expensive figures of one for 66 off his maximum 10 overs, while Russell, in two short but uncontrolled spells, finished wicketless off four overs, which cost him 44 runs.
In-form left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, with three for 35 off 10 emerged as the top bowler with part-time off-spinner Tamar Lambert, two for 32, coming in second best.
GOOD BATTING FORM
Bennett, meanwhile, who has fast bowler Jerome Taylor as a pace replacement option, is also hoping for a continuation of the batting form displayed by young Andre McCarthy in the first game.
McCarthy, who shared a tournament record 169-run fourth-wicket stand with Lambert after Jamaica were wobbling at 32 for three, finished with a topscore of 93. Lambert, who was later named Man of the Match, hit 88.
"It was impressive the way he (McCarthy) held down his head and batted," said Bennett.
"It is what we ask of the junior players coming to stand and be counted and he did just that," said Bennett.
Ireland will enter the showdown seeking their first win of the tournament having lost to Guyana by 114 runs on Friday.
The top two teams from Zones A and B will contest the semi-finals.