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Looking forward to T&T test - Jacobs

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Jacobs

Top Jamaica Scorpions leg-spin bowler Damion Jacobs says he is looking forward to the challenge of bowling against title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final of the ongoing WICB Super50 Tournament.

The match-up, which will be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, will see Jamaica and Trinidad renewing their age-old rivalry in one-day cricket, as well as Jacobs looking to improve on his third-place position on the overall bowling charts.

He has 16 wickets, one fewer than Red Force fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, and six behind Barbados Pride off-spinner Ashley Nurse.

His figures also include two career-best hauls with his best being, six for 34.

"Trinidad is a formidable unit and is really good at playing spin bowling, so going up against them is always a challenge," noted Jacobs. "But it is a challenge I am looking forward to. Our bowling attack is a really good one, and once we all come to the party, we should do very well."

The 31-year-old finished joint second in the bowling standings last season with 14 wickets behind Barbadian Sulieman Benn, who collated 15.

FALLING

This was despite Jamaica falling at the group stages and Barbados going on to claim the crown.

Fast bowler Jerome Taylor and part-time off-spinner John Campbell with 13 wickets each are the next best Scorpion bowlers this year, with the top five being completed by captain Nikita Miller and rookie fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, who have seven wickets apiece.

"It's a pleasure knowing that the hard work I have been putting in is paying off," outlined Jacobs, who was last year called up to the West Indies 'A' team.

"I'm just now looking forward to semis versus Trinidad."

- J. L.