Miller promises Jamaica fightback
WICB Media Release.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Nikita Miller has vowed that Jamaica will hit back after a spirited Windward Islands reply left both teams locked in a keen battle at the end of the second day of the WICB Regional 4-Day Final at Beausejour Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Purposeful batting saw Jamaica to 392 all out on the stroke of tea, after they resumed on 232-3. They slipped at one stage to 266-6, but a sensible approach from the experienced Nikita Miller – with 64 not out – guided the lower order. The Windwards made a strong reply and will resume Monday on 113 without loss, trailing by 279 runs.
Speaking after the day’s play, Miller promised a better bowling and fielding display from the Jamaicans when they come out on Monday.
“What happened this evening here was not acceptable from a Jamaica team – 113 runs from 32 overs is not good. The first half hour tomorrow is very, very vital. We will have to be come out and do a better job,” Miller said.
The opening pair of Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile started enterprisingly, but also benefitted from chances.
Smith hit a stroke-filled 66 not out off 94 balls with eight fours while Theophile closed on 44 not out, with two fours and a six.
“I believe once we come out and bowl the right area and take our chance we will rebound,” Miller said.
“Devon got a chance when he was on zero and the other opener Theophille got a chance when he was little or nothing, so it will be very important for us to take our chances. We will have a meeting to sort that out before we start tomorrow.”
Miller said he was pleased with his batting earlier in the day, as well as with that of the younger batsmen Nkrumah Bonner (88) and Jermaine Blackwood (94) – who added a record 180 on the opening day.
“I tried to get myself in and it got a bit easier from there. I have been around for a while at the regional level and I believe my batting is key to this team,” he explained.
“In the last match I had to stand up and help take the team across the line along with David Bernard. I have been working hard in the nets and trying to make a contribution when I go to the crease. Bonner and Blackwood played well for us early and I looked at the way they played and took some notes from that.”
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