Jacobs eyes bigger, better performances

Jamaica Star article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Impressive Jamaica leg-spinner Damion Jacobs hopes to use this season of the WICB Four-day Tournament as a stepping stone for bigger and better things going forward.

The 29-year-old, who has been knocking on the door of the national selection panel for years, said this is based on his performances to date, which includes an eight-wicket haul in last week's Headley-Weekes Trophy play-off final.

"I see this season as a stepping stone for bigger and better things to come," said Jacobs.

"It is my first season and to pick up 18 wickets in four matches is a fairly good return, and for that I am really happy."

The Melbourne CC representative, who was handed his first cap mid-way the season after injury stalled the return of experienced leg-spinner Odean Brown claimed eight for 47 in the first innings of the final against the Windward Islands.

Valuable Points

His haul allowed Jamaica to claim valuable points in the encounter, which ended in a draw.

"To get eight wickets in one match was really pleasing, and I just want to thank God for that," explained Jacobs.

"I also was not expecting this kind of start to my career as my previous experience to now was bowling in the Senior Cup, which is a different level from first-class cricket," said Jacobs.

"I, therefore, went into matches with the mind set of getting three to four wickets, and help the team win."

A former student of Norman Manley High, Jacobs, who ended the season with a bowling average of 20.50 from his four matches, also said he intends to train 'extra' hard in the off-season.

"Growing up, Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was always my role model. I read his books, and I watch him on YouTube a lot," he said.

"And, one of the things you learn from Shane Warne is that as a leg-spinner you have to keep on working, you can't stop training.

"I therefore intend to keep working on my control and getting the balls in the right areas, and hopefully this will serve me well going forward."

First Published In The Jamaica Star.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 07:20