Nelson shines as JA warm-up ends in draw
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - Former West Indies Under-19 leg-spinner Donovan Nelson was in sterling form yesterday during the second two-day warm-up match to help select Jamaica's team for the upcoming regional Four-day and Super50 tournaments.
The 23-year-old, one of several young spinners who are hoping to get the nod of the selectors, claimed six for 29, the best haul by any bowler in the two matches to date.
His achievement, however, was not enough in the end to prevent his team, Bonner XI, from going down in the first innings to Paul Palmer Jr's XI on the second day.
"The aim behind the two matches was to take a look at players ahead of the five scheduled Super50 and two Four-day trial matches," said national coach Junior Bennett.
"The pitch conditions in this match, however, were not very conducive for batting as it was dry and started to take spin from the first session of the first day.
"We are, therefore looking for a better surface for the Super50 trials starting on Friday.
"Having said that, however, it is good to see the bowlers putting in the work and getting the rewards.
Resuming on a shaky 54 for six overnight, Palmer Jr XI went on to post 140 with all-rounder Wayne Morgan scoring 40, and young Delbert Gayle, 24. André Russell made six.
Pacers Andrew Richardson, two for 37, and Jason Dawes, two for 24, best supported Nelson.
Bonner XI on day one gathered a paltry 120, with another leg-spinner, Damion Jacobs, four for 18, and left-arm spinner Chris Lamont doing the most damage.
This was against opener Kennar Lewis, 39; Danza Hyatt, 29; Jon Ross Campbell, 22; and Aldane Thomas 20. Tamar Lambert made five and Bonner, naught.
Bonner XI, batting a second time, struggled to 56 for four before the game was called off.
Lewis made 22 and Hyatt one, while West Indies Under-19 opener Brandon King and Lambert ended not out on 17 and three, respectively.
Jacobs again was the pick of the bowlers with two for 17.