Bernard strikes half-century in warm-up

Jamaica  Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - David Bernard struck a patient half-century at Sabina Park yesterday in the final Jamaica team practice match before the NAGICO Super50 regional tournament.

The all-rounder, the stand-in captain of Jamaica's 50-over cricket squad after Christopher Gayle was ruled out with injury, top-scored with 51 off 81 deliveries in his team's score of 203 all-out inside 47 overs.

In reply to the Bernard's XI score, Nikita Miller's XI were led by Jon-Ross Campbell's entertaining 90, on a decent batting pitch and under mostly overcast conditions at the ground.

They were poised for victory on 181-3 with eight overs remaining when umpires called off play early due to bad light.

Before then, shadows of another kind were cast over the proceedings when reserve squad player Danza Hyatt had his nose broken after being hit by a bouncer from pacer Andre Russell.

Scores: Bernard's XI 203 (46.3 overs); Miller's XI 181-3 (42 overs).

Earlier, Bernard's XI won the toss and batted first, but the skipper saw his team's first five wickets fall for 97 runs.

Opener Horace Miller and his left-handed partner John Campbell made 17 and 29, respectively, while Nkrumah Bonner fell for two.

Andre McCarthy (one) and former captain Lambert (23) also fell cheaply before Bernard and fellow all-rounder Russell added 73 runs for the sixth wicket.

Russell was his usual attacking self while banging a quick-fire 44 runs from 36 balls.

Seamer Nicholson Gordon, not a member of the final squad, was the best bowler for Miller's XI with 4-25 off six overs and three balls.

Miller, bowling left-arm finger spin, had 2-19 off seven overs.

Jerome Taylor, not bowling near full throttle after recovering from a string of back injuries in recent years, took 1-50 off nine overs.

In their run-chase, Miller's XI were helped by Jon-Ross Campbell, who is also not a part of the final 14. He faced 116 balls before falling 10 runs short of a century.

Jermaine Blackwood was unbeaten on 38, while Carlton Baugh made 15 not out.

Fast bowler Andrew Richardson and Russell took 1-30 and 1-38, respectively. Both bowled seven overs. The Super50 tournament, scheduled for Trinidad & Tobago, begins on Thursday.

The Jamaica squad is set to leave the island on Tuesday.

First Published In The Jamaica  Observer.

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 04:11