Late strikes leave Leewards stumbling
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller hurt Leeward Islands with two late wickets to leave the bottom-of-the-table team struggling on the opening day of their fifth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship.
The Leewards did well to restrict Jamaica to 209 all out at Sabina Park but were then undermined by Miller’s two wickets for three runs, to stumble to 38 for three at the close.
They will start Sunday’s second day still 171 runs in arrears with seven wickets standing, with opener Montcin Hodge unbeaten on 15 and West Indies wicketkeeper Devon Thomas on five.
Earlier, off-spinner Justin Athanaze claimed four for 76 and fast bowler Quinton Boatswain, three for 21, to peg back Jamaica.
The hosts were cruising at 137 for three behind Jermaine Blackwood’s 42 and Nkrumah Bonner’s 39 but lost their last seven wickets for 72 runs, to lose their way.
Boatwain bowled Simon Jackson without scoring to leave Jamaica on nine for one but Bonner and Danza Hyatt (19) put on 47 for the second wicket to repair the damage.
When Hyatt fell, Bonner and Blackwood added exactly 50 for the third wicket to see Jamaica to lunch at 96 for two.
The Leewards, however, struck back in the post-lunch session. Blackwood went early after striking seven fours and a six off 44 balls, leaving Bonner and captain Tamar Lambert (17) to post 31 for the fourth wicket before the turmoil erupted.
Suddenly, six wickets tumbled for 29 runs as Athanaze wrecked the middle order, and Jamaica needed a 43-run, last wicket stand between Odean Brown and Sheldon Cotterrell to get past 200.
Brown slammed 30 from 25 balls with two fours and three sixes while Cotterrell struck four boundaries in 26 from 19 balls.
Any hopes of Leewards capitalising on their strong bowling effort were dashed when Lyndel Richardson perished early without scoring with four runs on the board.
Miller then struck twice in his second over, removing the experienced duo of Steve Liburd (16) and captain Sylvester Joseph (0) with the score on 29, to put Jamaica on top.
JAMAICA 209 all out (Jermaine Blackwood 42, Nkrumah Bonner 39, Odean Brown 30 not out; Justin Athanaze 4-76, Quinton Boatswain 3-21)
LEEWARDS 38 for three (Nikita Miller 2-3)
JAMAICA 1st Innings
N Bonner c wkp Hamilton b Boatswain 39
S Jackson b Boatswain 0
D Hyatt c Joseph b Walsh 19
J Blackwood c Richardson b Athanaze 42
*T Lambert c Walters b Athanaze 17
D Bernard Jr run out 0
+C Baugh Jr c wkp Hamilton b Boatswain 0
N Miller c Joseph b Athanaze 11
A Richardson c Joseph b Athanaze 1
O Brown not out 30
S Cotterrell b Walters 25
Extras (b8, lb10, w7) 25
TOTAL (all out, 58.4 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-56, 3-106, 4-137, 5-137, 6-137, 7-140, 8-151, 9-166, 10-209.
Bowling: Walters 13.4-1-40-1, Boatswain 9-3-21-3, Willett 9-5-13-0, Walsh 9-1-41-1, Athanaze 18-2-76-4.
LEEWARDS 1st Innings
M Hodge not out 15
L Richardson c Miller b Richardson 0
S Liburd c Jackson b Miller 16
*S Joseph lbw b Miller 0
+D Thomas not out 5
Extras (lb1, nb1) 2
TOTAL (3 wkts, 31 overs) 38
To bat: T Willett, H Walsh, +J Hamilton, Q Boatswain, K Walters, J Athanaze.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-29, 3-29.
Bowling: Richardson 6-3-13-1, Cotterrell 7-3-10-0, Bernard 5-3-5-0, Miller 7-4-3-2, Brown 6-3-6-0.
Position: Leewards trail by 171 runs with seven wickets standing.
Umpires: D Ramdhanie, V Smith.