Joseph rocks Jamaicans
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – An incisive spell from promising fast bowler Alzarri Joseph rocked Jamaica and put Leeward Islands in a superior position in the Regional Under-19 Tournament on Sunday here.
Joseph sliced through Jamaica’s top order with a haul of 4-38 from seven overs, leaving them on 97 for eight in their second innings at the close on the second day of the 3-Day competition at the Demerara Cricket Club.
Jamaica lead by just 91 runs heading into Monday’s final day and face a tall order if they are to avoid defeat.
Joseph, who has already played for West Indies Under-19s, knocked over four of the first five batsmen to fall as Jamaica slumped to 48 for five.
Abijai Mansingh then propped up the innings with a top score of 28, putting on 26 for the sixth-wicket with vice-captain Nicholas Walters who got 15.
Off-spinner Shaquille Martina, who has so far taken 2-5 from five overs, got the breakthrough when he prised out Mansingh and he then struck again to leave the Jamaicans reeling.
Earlier, the Leewards were dismissed for 123 to take a first innings lead of six.
Resuming at five without loss, the Leewards got a top score of 40 from Kacey Carty and 22 apiece from Ross Powell and Jeremiah Louis.
Mansingh, Ramaal Lewis and Odean Smith, all finished with two wickets for the Jamaicans.