Bernard - Strong batting key for Jamaica

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - One of the stars of Jamaica's nail-biting three-wicket triumph over the Leeward Islands on Monday, vice-captain David Bernard Jr, has revealed that self-belief as well as strong batting partnerships were key to the result.

Needing to score 218 to win in less than two sessions on the final day of their WICB four-day championship encounter at Warner Park, Jamaica were able to achieve their target in the second to last over of the day.

"Before the day started, the discussion was to try and get them out for as low a score as possible before or shortly after lunch," said Bernard.

"It so happened that this took place and even though the total was over 200 we felt that we had enough time given that the wicket was good for batting and the outfield was quick.

"It then came down to how we batted in partnerships, and I thought we did that quite well."

Second-Wicket Alliance

Jamaica, who returned home yesterday, were guided to victory via three crucial partnerships.

The first was a second-wicket alliance between opener John Campbell and Nkrumah Bonner, which took the score to 67 for one at tea.

Campbell top scored with 43, while Bonner made 30.

The second was a 34-run fifth-wicket stand between wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, who finished on 27 not out, and pinch-hitter, Jerome Taylor, who added 24.

The third was a 49-run seventh-wicket stand between Baugh Jr and Bernard Jr, who was run out for 30, which took the score from a precarious 156 for six, to relative comfort at 203 for seven.

Jamaica had earlier taken first innings honours after scoring 351 to the Leewards 322.

"It was a good all-round team performance," Bernard Jr said.

"However, special mention must go out to John Campbell, who after scoring his maiden first-class hundred, and top scoring in both innings, also claimed four wickets in the second innings for the Man of the Match award."

Jamaica will next play the Windward Islands at Sabina Park in the fourth round of the championship beginning next Friday.

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 08:50