Jamaica tail defies England Lions
Kingston, Jamaica – Defiant batting, led by Chadwick Walton and Brendan Nash, helped three-time defending champions Jamaica earn a draw with the England Lions in the WICB First-class championship on Sunday.
Walton led the way with 53 and Nash supported with 49, as Jamaica, chasing a highly improbable, if not impossible target of 275 for victory, finished on 184-9 in their second innings when their seventh round match came to a close at Sabina Park.
James Harris snared 4-42 runs from 17 overs, and left-arm spinner Danny Briggs collected 4-56 from 19 overs, as the Lions pressed for a victory that would have helped them to finish at the top of the standings.
The final result meant however, that Jamaica gained six points to finish the preliminary competition on 51, and take third place behind the Combined Campuses & Colleges and Trinidad & Tobago, whom they will meet in the semi-finals, starting on Friday.
The Lions earned three points, and also ended with 51 points, but they are only taking part in the league phase of the competition.
Jamaica’s desperate fight to save the match followed another solid batting effort from the Lions, which featured an unbeaten 77 from their captain James Hildreth, 42 from James Taylor, and 36 not out from Craig Kieswetter that allowed the visitors to declare their second innings on 292-4, 40 minutes before tea.
Off-spinner Bevon Brown was the most successful Jamaica bowler, ending with three wickets for 96 runs from 30 overs.
The Jamaicans did not start brilliantly, sliding to 47-3 before Walton and Nash carried them to tea on 107-3.
After the break, Walton and Nash continued merrily, and put on a valuable 99 for the fourth wicket that gave the Jamaicans unrealistic confidence of reaching the target.
Things changed, when Nash was bowled by Briggs about 25 minutes after tea. His innings included eight boundaries from 57 balls in 1 ¼ hours. Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert came to the crease, and partnered Walton to his 50 from 72 balls, reaching the landmark with a single to mid-wicket off Briggs. But Lambert was caught off Harris for 24 to trigger a collapse that saw the hosts lose three wickets for two runs in the space of 10 balls.
Jamaica were rocking on 177-7, and experienced left-hander Wavell Hinds shepherded resolute batting from the tail-enders to help the Jamaicans defy the Lions in the closing stages.
Earlier, Hildreth struck nine fours from 128 balls in his three-hour innings to lead the way for his side, after they started the day on 149-3.
Hildreth reached his 50 from 84 balls with a single to cover off Brown, who then had Taylor caught at forward short leg, as the Lions reached 260-4 at lunch.
After the interval, Hildreth and Kieswetter chased runs to hasten the Lions to the declaration, and it came when Kieswetter lofted Akeem Dewar over long-on for his second six.
England Lions 1st innings 358
Jamaica 1st innings 376
England Lions 2nd innings
A. Lyth c Dewar b Dawes 1
J. Adams lbw b Brown 38
A. Gale b Brown 57
J. Hildreth not out 77
J. Taylor c Jackson b Brown 42
C. Kieswetter not out 36
Extras (b18, lb15, w2, nb6) 41
TOTAL (4 wkts dec., 72.2 overs) 292
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-102, 3-130, 4-219
Bowling: Dawes 14-3-39-1, Cotterell 6-1-30-0, Brown 30-1-96-3, Lambert 15-0-39-0, Dewar 5.2-0-34-0, Hyatt 2-0-21-0
Jamaica 2nd innings (target: 275)
D. Hyatt lbw b Harris 11
S. Jackson c wk Kieswetter b Harris 12
M. Samuels b Woakes 20
C. Walton b Briggs 53
B. Nash b Briggs 49
T. Lambert c Adams b Harris 24
W. Hinds c wk Kieswetter b Harris 7
A. Dewar c Taylor b Briggs 0
B. Brown lbw b Briggs 0
J. Dawes not out 1
S. Cotterrell not out 0
Extras (b1, lb4, nb2) 7
TOTAL (9 wkts, 53 overs) 184
Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-27, 3-47, 4-146, 5-176, 6-177, 7-177, 8-179, 9-184
Bowling: Woakes 12-3-58-1, Harris 17-7-42-4, Buck 5-0-23-0, Briggs 19-6-56-4
Result: Match drawn
Points: Jamaica 6, England Lions 3
Man-of-the-Match: Danny Briggs (England Lions)
Umpires: Vincent Bullen, Norman Malcolm.
Match referee: Colin Fletcher