Pagon stars with timely ton
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Donovan Pagon officially marked his return to the national side with his fourth first-class hundred to give Jamaica a sound start against Leeward Islands in the Regional 4-Day Tournament against Leeward Islands on Thursday.
The 29-year-old Pagon, sidelined by injury in the last season, was undefeated on 106, leading the four-time defending champions to 220 for three in their first innings at the close on the third day of their third round match at Sabina Park.
He arrived at the milestone from 240 balls, when he played a delivery from Jason Campbell behind square for a deuce.
Pagon so far struck 10 fours and three sixes from 269 balls close to five hours of batting, sharing successive half-century stands with West Indies left-hander Brendan Nash and Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert.
Nash made 40 in a third wicket stand of 97 with Pagon, and Lambert was not out on 28 in an unbroken, fourth-wicket stand of 75 also with Pagon.
A day of attrition in which Leewards delivered an incredible 104 overs began with Jamaica on the back-foot early, when opener Simon Jackson was caught and bowled by Nelson Bolan in the first hour.
The Jamaicans reached 64 for two at lunch, after Danza Hyatt was caught at short fine leg from off-spinner Justin Athanaze’s bowling for 26.
Nash put the grind on the Leewards for most of the afternoon session with Pagon before he was caught behind off Tonito Willett’s medium-pace just before tea, whichJamaica reached on 146 for three.
Pagon reached his 50 from 137 balls from an overthrow for five from Martin and carried on after the break with Lambert to continue to put the squeeze on the Leewards.
The Jamaicans are unchanged, but Leewards have brought Javia Liburd, Montcin Hodge, Devon Thomas and Jason Campbell in to replace Shane Jeffers, Orlando Peters, Steve Liburd and Gavin Tonge.
Jamaica are top of the table on 24 points and Leewards are rooted on the bottom with no points.
The hosts are seeking their third straight victory in this year’s tournament, after they beat Windward Islands in the first round by 81 runs and crushed Barbados by 120 runs in the second round.
Leewards lost their opener against Guyana by 234 runs before CCC crushed them by an innings and 15 runs inside two days.
JAMAICA 1st Innings
S. Jackson c and b Bolan 3
D. Hyatt c Martin Athanaze 26
D. Pagon not out 106
B. Nash c wkpr Thomas b Willett 40
T. Lambert not out 28
Extras (b4, lb8, nb5) 17
TOTAL (3 wickets, 104 overs) 220
To bat: D. Bernard, C. Baugh, N. Miller, A. Richardson, O. Brown, S. Cotterrell
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-48, 3-145
Bowling: Bolan 15-6-20-1, Willett 18-7-37-1, Athanaze 29-9-63-1, Martin 25-12-39-0, Campbell 17-1-49-0
LEEWARD ISLANDS: K. Powell, J. Liburd, M. Hodge, *G. Williams, D. Thomas, T. Willett, +J. Hamilton, J. Athanaze, J. Campbell, N. Bolan, A. Martin
Umpires: N. Malcolm, J. Wilson
Match referee: C. Fletcher
Reserve umpire: A. Hamilton