Mindley stuns Windwards
Teenage fast bowler Marquino Mindley made a dream start to his WICB Four-day Professional League career when he claimed three wickets and made a third best score of 42 on day one of the Jamaica Franchise's opener against the Windwards Volcanoes at Sabina Park yesterday.
The 19-year-old, who earlier this year represented the West Indies at the ICC Youth World Cup, ended with figures of three for seven, as the Windwards, replying to Jamaica's first innings 208, closed the day on 16 for three.
Bowling a controlled line and length, Mindley accounted for the Windwards' top-two batsmen, opener Devon Smith and AndrÈ Fletcher, during his first spell at the first-class level, which included three overs, two of which were maidens.
Smith was caught by a diving Jon-Ross Campbell for six after facing three deliveries, while Fletcher was caught behind by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr for five at 12 for two.
Young Windwards batting sensation Sunil Ambris was the other batsman to be dismissed by Mindley.
The 21-year-old, who made a century at the venue last season, fell for a two-ball duck after playing back to a delivery that kept low and was adjudged leg before wicket.
Mindley, a past student of St Elizabeth Technical, had earlier put on a face-saving 70 for the ninth wicket with spinner Nikita Miller to lift Jamaica from a precarious 120 for eight.
"I think it was a fair day for us," said Tamar Lambert, Jamaica captain, after a rain-hit first day, which was called off 15 minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. close due to bad light.
"I'm disappointed some of us in the middle order got starts but did not carry on.
"But Miller, again came to our rescue, along with Marquino, who, playing in his first game, scored 40-odd and picking up three early wickets."
Lambert, after calling right at the toss, then decided to bat first on what he said in his post-match interview was a dry pitch. The decision appeared to backfire in the early stages.
in a tailspin
After losing opener Shacaya Thomas was caught behind for two and next batsman Nkrumah Bonner caught at slip for a duck, Jamaica were in a tailspin at three for two.
This was until Campbell and Blackwood teamed up for a third wicket stand of 51. However, with Blackwood looking the part and growing in confidence on 22, he went for a drive three overs before lunch, and was bowled off the inside edge, thus triggering another collapse before and after the interval.
Campbell, caught at slip for 46, David Bernard Jr, also caught in the slips for a two-ball duck, and Baugh Jr, leg before wicket for a two, all came and went to leave Jamaica struggling at 81 for six.
This then brought together Lambert and Miller, who put on 36 for the seventh wicket, and later Miller and Mindley.
Miller eventually made a top score of 57 not out; while bowling for the Windwards, left-arm spinner Alston Bobb, who got the ball to turn appreciably early on, picked up career-best figures of six for 45.
"To bowl out Jamaica at home for 208 was a good effort. However, our follow-up batting is not what we wanted," said Windwards captain Liam Sebastien.
"But it's a situation that we will have to work with, and, as such, will have to just come tomorrow and put down our heads and bat."