Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Green pleased with Scorpions' bowling effort

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Fast bowling all-rounder Derval Green has credited getting the ball in the right areas as the main reason behind his four-wicket haul for the Jamaica Scorpions against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their on-going sixth round CWI/Digicel Four-day Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday.

The stocky-built Green, who got the ball to swing both ways, and used slower-ball and quicker-ball variations to good effect, amassed four for 45, as Trinidad, winning the toss and electing to bat, were dismissed for 243 in their first innings.

The Scorpions, in their turn at bat, and having to navigate five overs before stumps were drawn at 5:16 p.m., were 16 without loss.

 

KEYS TO HIS PERFORMANCE

 

"Getting the ball to swing, and bowling in the right areas, I believe, were the keys to my performance," said Green.

"I have been doing so since the start of the season, and after picking up 15 wickets in eight matches last season, I have now gone 18 in six matches.

"I am, therefore, delighted with showing so far, and come the second innings, once the opportunity presents itself, I hope to make full use of it again."

The former Jamaica Under-19 captain, who has taken over the all-rounder role usually performed by the now-retired David Bernard Jr, got good support from off-spinner John Campbell, four for 40,

The 29-year-old Green, who is playing in his 14th first-class match, opened the bowling with speedster Reynard Leveridge.

However, despite keeping Trinidad's openers Jeremy Solozano and Amir Jangoo honest for the most part, the pair failed to pick up a wicket from their first spells.

This resulted in Solozano and Jangoo putting on a creditable 71 for the first wicket before the latter fell for 39 in the 22nd over.

Solozano, however, batted spritely and helped the Red Force to 110 for two at lunch, only to see thereafter the team fall from a strong position of 167 for two to their eventual total.

The 22-year-old Solozano, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, and who has a century and 50 from 17 first-class appearances, went on to hit a topscore of 62 with Ewart Nicholson, who entertained with four fours and two sixes, next best with 50.

"Heading into lunch, they were doing well, however, we were able to stick and get the breakthroughs and stage a good comeback,'' expressed Green.

"It is just for us to now come tomorrow (today) and follow up with the bat, and try to get past their first-innings total and some first-innings bonus points.''

Openers Campbell, 14, and Trevon Griffith, two, will resume batting today where play is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Jamaica, in bowling out the Red Force, picked up three bowling points, and given that Green is a pacer, also claimed an additional eight bowling bonus points.

Trinidad, in the meantime, in getting to 200 runs, picked up one batting bonus point, and narrowly missed out on claiming two had they scored 250 runs.