Lambert wants more solid Jamaica batting

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert is hoping that yesterday's solid start to their first innings against Guyana will be an indication of how their batting will come on this season in the WICB four-day tournament.

The Jamaicans, after winning the toss and inserting Guyana, blew away the opposition for 117 and in response were 89 for one when stumps were drawn.

"Our batting is off to a good start and hopefully it is a sign of how things will manifest not only in this match, but for the rest of the season," said Lambert.

"It was good to see young John Campbell and Horace Miller applying themselves and making good shot selections.

"The next hope is that Campbell will continue tomorrow and go on to make a good score, while the rest of batting also come good and Guyana out of the game."

Campbell ended unbeaten 32, while Miller made 46 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Veerasammy Permaul for a well-played 42. Nkrumah Bonner, nine, is the other not out batsman.

Earlier, Jamaica were led in the field by Andre Russell and Jamie Merchant. Russell, bowling a lot off pitched-up deliveries, pocketed four for 33, while Merchant, brought on as the fifth and final bowler, finished with four for 29.

Another bowler, who bowled well on the day, albeit it was not being significantly reflected in the wicket column, was opening pacer Jerome Taylor, who in bowling 11 overs only conceded 12 runs for one wicket.

The Guyanese are without marquee batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, who are nursing hand and lower back injuries, respectively.

"It was an excellent bowling display," Lambert said. 

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 11:52