Jamaica grab lead over England Lions

Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaica produced a whole-hearted lower-order effort to snatch vital first innings points over England Lions on the third day of their final round match in the WICB First Class Championship on Saturday.

Resuming the day on 259-4, four still 99 runs adrift of England Lions’ 358, the hosts got 42 from Chadwick Walton and 40 from veteran left-hander Wavell Hinds, before they were dismissed for 376. At the close, the Lions were 149-3, a lead of 131 runs heading into Sunday’s final day at Sabina Park.

Hinds and Brendan Nash stretched their fifth wicket stand to 76 before both fell within the space of four balls to leg-spinner Danny Briggs (5-121). Nash departed for 65, adding just nine to his overnight score while Hinds, who resumed the day on five, stroked five fours and a six off 95 balls.

With the bulk of their batting wiped out, Jamaica seemed poised to miss out on the lead but Walton anchored a 39-run, seventh wicket stand with Akeem Dewar who occupied the crease for 78 minutes and 61 balls for his two.

Walton struck six fours off 82 balls before giving Briggs a return catch at 355-8 but the tail wagged to ensure Jamaica carved out a small lead of 18.

The Lions suffered an early setback when Adam Lyth fell for one with the score on 11 but Andrew Gale (57) and Jimmy Adams (38) restored order with a 91-run, second wicket partnership.

England Lions 1st innings 358
Jamaica 1st innings
(overnight 259-4)
S Jackson c Woakes b Briggs 60
D Hyatt b Woakes 59
M Samuels c Harris b Briggs 58
B Nash c Stokes b Briggs 65
*T Lambert c Taylor b Buck 8
W Hinds c Taylor b Briggs 40
+C Walton c and b Briggs 42
A Dewar b Harris 2
B Brown b Buck 6
J Dawes c wk Kieswetter b Buck 7
S Cotterell not out 10
Extras (lb10, w7, nb2) 19
TOTAL (all out, 129.4 overs) 376
Fall of wickets: 1-126, 2-132, 3-225, 4-233, 5-309, 6-310, 7-349, 8-355, 9-365, 10-376.
Bowling: Harris 31-12-79-1, Woakes 23-5-68-1, Buck 26.4-5-77-3, Stokes 4-1-21-0, Briggs 45-11-121-5.
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 16
J Taylor not out 10
Extras (b13, lb10, nb4) 27
TOTAL (3 wkts, 38 overs) 149
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-102, 3-130.
Bowling: Dawes 7-1-23-1, Cotterell 4-0-19-0, Brown 15-1-39-2, Lambert 8-4-24-0, Dewar 4-0-21-0.
Umpires: Vincent Bullen, Norman Malcolm