Patience key to Barbados demise
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica and West Indies left-arm spinner Nikita Miller said staying patient and building pressure were key to his destruction of Barbados’ batting in the Regional Four-Day Championship last weekend.
The 29-year-old collected amazing match figures of ten for 49 as Barbados tumbled to a 120-run defeat with a day to spare at Sabina Park.
“I knew the Bajans were not going to come out and just give their wickets away so I had to be patient. It was not easy,” said Miller.
“This is the third occasion I have collected 10 wickets in a match. I would rate this as the best match haul. I felt I bowled really, really well for my wickets. Added to that, we beat a very good team with some good players, so that makes it extra special.”
He added: “I was very consistent throughout, putting the ball in the right areas. I would say, on 95 percent of the occasions I forced the batsman into error - they did not give their wickets away.
“I felt I built the pressure and earned my wickets. The process brought me great joy. In both innings we had the left-hander Carter [Jonathan Carter] who played really well, but I was able to give him some problems and the pressure caused his downfall.”
Miller, who has played one Test and 39 One-Day Internationals, picked up five for 25 in Barbados’ first innings as the visitors fell for 157 to concede a lead of 130.
Then, with Barbados chasing 293 for victory, Miller snatched five for 24 as Barbados were jolted for 172.
“I had a clear plan going into the match. I planned for this game and executed the plan very well,” said Miller, who last played for West Indies last March during the World Cup.
“The key was to be consistent … to create pressure on the Bajan batsmen. Barbados always play tough cricket and I knew I had to be mentally very strong against them as a well as tactically on top of my game.”
His heroics put the four-time defending champions Jamaica on 24 points after two rounds of the tournament and on course for a successful campaign.
And with struggling Leeward Islands next up at home this weekend, Miller said Jamaica were confident of a positive result but would not take their opponents lightly.
“Over the years Leewards, no matter how well or how badly they are playing, the Leeward Islands cricketers always put up a good fight against Jamaica,” Miller pointed out.
“They are always a tough team to beat. We are not getting too excited and seeing them as an easy side. We just have to play our cricket – hard cricket – and that should bring us the results we are aiming for.
“We are looking for an improved performance with the bat. So far we have seen some good individual performances but the aim is for every man to click at the same time as we look to post 300-plus runs.”