Jacobs takes eight, Peters does 'trick'
WICB Media Release.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Jamaica leg-spinner Damion Jacobs had a great eight-wicket haul while Kenroy Peters hit back with a brilliant hat-trick for Windward Islands as ball dominated bat on the third day of the WICB Regional 4Day Final at Beausejour Cricket Ground on Monday.
Jacobs, in just his first season, took 8-47 off 22 overs to turn the match Jamaica’s way. His first wicket ended an opening partnership of 155 between Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile. Windwards were bowled out for 217 – giving Jamaica a first innings lead of 175.
When Jamaica batted a second time Peters took a hat-trick in his first overs. He ended the day with 4-44 to follow-up his 3-57 in the first innings. Jamaica will resume on Tuesday at 147-7 an overall lead of 322, with Jermaine Blackwood on 88 not out to follow up his 94 in the first innings.
“It is a dream come true. I never expected this in first-class cricket but I’m happy that I could do the job for my team. I started playing cricket at 17 and all I wanted to do was to play for Jamaica and now I’m fulfilling that dream,” said the 29-year-old Jacobs.
“I was chipping in the earlier games with three and two wickets so I decided I had to look to do something big in the final...I know in one game I had to go big. I wasn’t looking for eight...I was looking for four or five, but I’m thankful for eight.”
Jacobs is a Kingston resident and plays for the historic Melbourne Cricket Club which has produced West Indies legends Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh.
“Yesterday we were flat and the skipper, the vice captain and the coach spoke to us very sternly and told us we had to improve if we wanted to win. I went home and said ‘someone had to stand up’ and today that someone was me,” Jacobs explained.
“I came on and bowled a few balls well and then I broke the partnership. Everything came out perfectly today. All the variations were good and the slider, the googly and the leg-spin were on! Everyone on the field was cheering me on and I’m very proud to do so well in my first game, in just my fourth game.”
Peters, meanwhile, had it all to do for the Windwards after they surrendered a huge first innings lead. A veteran of over a decade at the first-class level, this is his best season so far. He had career-best 7-36 in last week’s semi-final against Trinidad & Tobago at the Queen’s Park Oval.
“I was just looking to put the ball in the right areas and it paid dividends for me. I was very excited. I always wanted a hat-trick at this level and now I can say I have taken a hat-trick at all the levels I have played,” Peters said.
“Today was about self-belief and determination. I went out onto the field believing in myself. We had lost on first innings and we had to go out and make it happen. “
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