Jamaica's batting fails again
Another woeful batting display from Jamaica Franchise has left them with a herculean task against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their WICB Professional League four-day encounter at Sabina Park.
The Jamaicans, resuming yesterday on 12 for one, were bowled out for a paltry 167 in their first innings. This is in response to 277 made by the Red Force.
Batting a second time, Red Force closed on 184 for four, for an overall lead of 294, heading into today's penultimate day.
Jamaica, who are yet to see one of their batsmen score a century this season, struggled from the start of yesterday's play.
Jermaine Blackwood, who was not out on three overnight, went on to add five runs to his total before he was caught behind with the score on 19. He was quickly followed by the wicket of Campbell, who, after adding three to his overnight five, was bowled by fast bowler Marlon Richards.
Only 20-year-old debutante Brandon King offered any real resistance.
The recent West Indies Under-19 representative, batting at number six, delivered a flurry of exquisite shots, before being last man out for 71.
His innings, which lasted just over two over hours, and featured 81 balls, included seven well-timed fours and six sixes, most of which were hit down the ground.
Leg-spinner Odean Brown, who along with King put on a face-saving 67 for the ninth wicket, made 44.
Richards took four for 42, and his opening-ball partner, Daniel St Clair, claimed three for 21.
Batting a second time, Trinidad Red Force were lifted by an outstanding batting display from Kjorn Ottley, who at the close was unbeaten on 87.
He has so far hit 13 fours. The 25-year-old was also involved in an enterprising 80-run third-wicket stand with Yannick Carriah (23).
Ottley is set to resume batting today with his younger brother, 23-year-old Yannick Ottley, who finished on eight out.