Bonner blooms for CCC against JA

Spanish Town, Jamaica – Former Young West Indies all-rounder Nkrumah Bonner missed out on a century as Combined Campuses and Colleges carried the fight to Jamaica on the third day of their fifth round match of the WICB First Class Championship on Sunday.

The 22-year-old cracked a highly attractive 87 to help carry CC&C to 353 all out, after they resumed the day at Chedwin Park on 253-7. At the close, Jamaica were 133-3 with the in-form Marlon Samuels already back in the pavilion cheaply.

CC&C lost Kevin McClean (15) early in the day but any thoughts Jamaica had of quickly winding up the students’ innings were dashed as Bonner played boldly in a positive 73-run partnership with Ryan Austin. The right-hander, dropped by keeper Chadwick Walton on 34 off pacer Andrew Richardson (4-59), hit 10 fours and two fours in an innings that lasted 162 balls and spanned 223 minutes.

Austin proved the perfect foil. Amazingly he faced 91 balls and occupied the crease just under 2-1/2 hours for his five runs. When he finally succumbed lbw to leg-spinner Odean Brown (4-100) just after lunch, the innings swiftly ended as Bonner mis-timed a pull to be give Brown a simple catch at mid-on off pacer Jason Dawes.

Danza Hyatt (53) and Simon Jackson (25) then gave Jamaica a solid start of 49, before Jackson perished to a catch at square leg by Austin off seamer McClean, after stroking three fours off 50 balls.

The dangerous Samuels lasted only long enough to pass 600 runs for the season before he missed a drive at left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh and was bowled for 14 at 74-2.

Hyatt, who hit five fours and two sixes off 97 balls, consolidated in a 36-run third wicket stand with Brendan Nash (14 not out), as Jamaica made headway.