Miller bags seven at Sabina
The outstanding season of Jamaica Scorpions left-arm spinner Nikita Miller continues.
The left-armer, the leading wicket-taker in the WICB First-Class Championship this season, increased his tally to 48 victims after claiming seven for 69 against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in seventh round action at Sabina Park yesterday.
The 21st five-wicket collection of his 78-match first-class career, the haul was also instrumental in limiting Trinidad to 206 in their first innings on day two, 19 runs short of the Scorpions' 225.
Jamaica, batting a second time, closed on 13 without loss with new captain John Campbell not out on eight, and first innings standout Shacaya Thomas on five.
"I had to come up trumps in this innings, as we did not put as many (first innings) runs on the board as we should have," stated Miller after his display.
"I didn't start that well, as I got hit for consecutive boundaries early by Lewis, but I settled down afterwards and got the job. It is now for us to put on a good second-innings total," he added.
Resuming on 196 for six, Jamaica's tail failed to wag as only wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, 16, made any impression before he was last man out.
Leg-spinner Imran Khan ended with four for 73 and off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar, three for 53.
Trinidad opener Evin Lewis led the way for his team with an attractive 87, which included three sixes and five fours.
The 33-year-old Miller, who last represented the West Indies at the one-day level in 2011, expressed satisfaction with his effort so far this season.
"I know that I am someone that the team depends on to do a dual job of keeping things tight and getting wickets," he outlined. "I have been doing both this season and I am happy."
IN ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes' 327 all out, were 21 without loss at the close on the second day of their seventh round match.
AT KENSINGTON OVAL: BRIDGETOWN: Barbados Pride, leading Guyana Jaguars by 84 runs on first innings, were 71 for one in their second innings at the close of the second day.
Scores: Pride 274 and 71 for one; Jaguars 190.
SCORPIONS 1st Innings
(overnight 197 for six)
+C. Walton c Lewis b Khan 16
N. Miller lbw b Richards 2
D. Jacobs c Cariah b Khan 4
S. Cottrell c Ottley b Emrit 7
M. Mindley not out 0
Extras (lb3, w2) 5
Total (all out, 101.3 overs) 225
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196, 7-207, 8-212, 9-225, 10-225.
Bowling: Emrit 17.3-5-39-1, Richards 20-7-31-2, Khan 36-11-73-4, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 4-0-17-0, Mohammed 3-0-9-0.
RED FORCE 1st Innings
E. Lewis c Thomas b Jacobs 87
J. Solozano c wkp Walton b Cottrell 16
K. Hope b Thomas 0
Y. Cariah c McCarthy b Miller 28
*J. Mohammed c wkp Walton b Miller 8
Y. Ottley c and b Miller 29
+S. Katwaroo lbw b Miller 0
R. Emrit c McCarthy b Miller
Imran Khan not out 22
M. Richards lbw b Miller 6
J. Jagessar c McCarthy b Miller 0
Extras (b3, lb2, w1, nb3) 9
Total (all out, 70 overs) 206
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-28, 3-117, 4-131, 5-154, 6-155, 7-159, 8-192, 9-206, 10-206.
Bowling: Cottrell 7-1-18-1, Mindley 9-0-28-0, Thomas 5-0-27-1 (w2, nb1), Miller 26-3-69-7, Campbell 8-1-27-0, Jacobs 15-5-32-1.