Slow going by Jamaica vs Windwards
St George’s Grenada, CMC – Jamaica’s batsmen found the going tough on the opening day of their second round WICB Regional Four-day match against Windward Islands on Friday.
Sent in to bat, the Jamaicans reached 177-6 off 90 overs in at Queen’s Park Stadium. Marlon Samuels led the way for the visitors with a solid 40, skipper Tamar Lambert, supported with 35, Dave Bernard was not out on 28, and opener Simon Jackson made 28.
No Windwards bowlers collected more than one wicket, but they largely bowled well and were consistent on the slow pitch. The day’s best effort came from left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters, whose 23 overs cost just 22 runs and included 10 maidens.
Jamaica batted steadily to reach 44-1 at lunch, after opener Danza Hyatt was caught behind off Mervin Matthew for 18 in the last half-hour before the interval. After lunch, the Jamaicans wobbled to 54-3, when Nelon Pascal trapped left-hander Jackson leg-before wicket, and a few balls later, Peters had left-hander Brendan Nash caught at mid-off for a “duck”.
Lambert came to the crease, and stabilised the innings with a stand of 57 for the fourth wicket with Samuels.
However, the two got into a running mix-up and Samuels was run out, when he failed to beat Andre Fletcher’s direct throw from covers to the striker’s end, as Jamaica reached 113-4 at tea.
After the break, Lambert fell in the first half-hour, when he was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Gary Mathurin, and the Jamaican ran into further trouble, when veteran Wavell Hinds was caught at short cover off Windwards captain Liam Sebastien for six.
Wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton (19 not out) joined Bernard, and they negotiated the final hour to ensure that the Jamaica innings did not fall apart.