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.


Mon, 07/28/2014 - 05:42