Jamaica 99 away from lead

Kingston, Jamaica – Jamaica produced a solid batting effort to make significant inroads into England Lions’ total, on the second day of their final round WICB First-Class Championship on Friday.

Chasing 358, the Jamaicans finished the day on 259 for four, only 99 runs adrift of first innings lead at Sabina Park. Opener Simon Jackson stroked 60, his partner Danza Hyatt got 59, the in-form Marlon Samuels scored 58 while Test left-hander Brendan Nash finished the day unbeaten 56.

Leg-spinner Danny Briggs has so far taken 2-77. Jackson and Hyatt gave the Jamaicans a sound start, as they added 126 for the first wicket before both fell within 11 balls of each other.

Hyatt hammered five fours and three sixes off 101 balls before he was bowled by seamer Chris Woakes and the left-handed Jackson counted eight fours off 92 balls before skying Briggs to Woakes at mid-on.

Samuels and Nash then stopped the slide, mounting a partnership that yielded 93 for the third wicket. The right-handed Samuels, who has already scored over 500 runs for the tournament, hit eight fours and a six off 127 balls but fell to a catch in the deep off Briggs when seemingly set for another big score.

Four balls later, captain Tamar Lambert departed for eight to a catch at the wicket but Nash and Wavell Hinds (five not out) saw Jamaica to the close without further loss. Earlier, Woakes extended his unbeaten 104 to 115, as the Lions added 18 to their overnight 340-9.

England Lions 1st innings
A Lyth c Samuels b Cotterell 3
J Adams b Hyatt 11
A Gale run out (Nash) 17
*J Hildreth c Lambert b Dawes 40
+C Kieswetter b B. Brown 15
J Taylor lbw b Hyatt 41
B Stokes c Cotterrell b Lambert 63
C Woakes not out 104
J Harris lbw b Dewar 22
D Briggs b Cotterrell 3
N Buck not out 1
Extras (b4, lb4, w2, nb10) 20
TOTAL (all out, 97.2 overs) 358
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-41, 3-41, 4-75, 5-103, 6-161, 7-232, 8-286, 9-303, 10-358.
Bowling: Dawes 21-4-52-1, Cotterell 19.1-6-80-3, Hinds 11-1-34-0, Hyatt 10-0-46-2, B. Brown 13-1-59-1, Dewar 13-4-43-1, Lambert 10-0-36-1.
Jamaica 1st innings
S Jackson c Woakes b Briggs 60
D Hyatt b Woakes 59
M Samuels c Harris b Briggs 58
B Nash not out 56
*T Lambert c Taylor b Buck 8
W Hinds not out 5
Extras (lb9, w2, nb2) 13
TOTAL (4 wkts, 80 overs) 259
To bat: A. Dewar, +C. Walton, J. Dawes, S. Cotterell, B. Brown.
Fall of wickets: 1-126, 2-132, 3-225, 4-233.
Bowling: Harris 17-6-48-0, Woakes 16-5-42-1, Buck 16-1-62-1, Stokes 4-1-21-0, Briggs 27-6-77-2.
Toss: England Lions
Umpires: Vincent Bullen, Norman Malcolm

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