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Campbell credits century to lots of hard work

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Opener John Campbell believes working hard on his batting in recent times was the primary reason behind his century yesterday for the Jamaica Scorpions against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their sixth round of the CWI-Digicel Four-day Championship at Sabina Park.

The stylish left-hander, in recording his third hundred at the first-class level, belted 155 after resuming the second day of the encounter on 14, as Jamaica, after starting the day on 16 for none, closed on a comfortable 318 for four in their first innings.

Trinidad and Tobago, who won the toss on the opening day, scored a creditable 243 in their first time at bat.

"It's a lot of hard work that I have been putting in," said Campbell, whose previous best knock was 135.

"Since returning to the team after the West Indies 'A' team series against Sri Lanka, I have been getting starts, but been converting. Thankfully, however, this game, and this innings, I have,'' he added.

Resuming with his overnight partner, Trevon Griffith, who eventually made four, Campbell was a picture of poise and panache as he reeled off a number of classy cuts and drives.




He also shared in two valuable partnerships. The first was 157 runs with Brandon King, who in matching Campbell at periods with fours and sixes, went on make 63, while the second consisted of 89 runs with captain, Paul Palmer, who is not out 68.

The in-form Fabian Allen, who is coming back-to-back unbeaten centuries, is the other not-out batsman. He is on seven.

"It is my biggest century and I like this one the most," highlighted the 24-year-old Campbell. "It is also my first first-class century at home, and for that I am really happy.

"It was just me being myself, being positive and picking the right balls. I also choose my bowlers to attack and picked areas in the field to score, and didn't try to go over the men on the boundary, and I think I did well for the most part.''

Meanwhile, looking at the state of the game, Campbell said the Scorpions had the upper hand, and come the third day, he hopes they will be able to drive home their advantage.

"We are in a pretty good position. We have a sizeable lead now of 70-odd with six wickets remaining, with two batsmen who have been in form for us this season at the wicket.

"It's also good to have gotten two batting bonus points in the innings so far, as batting bonus points could play a role for us towards the back end of the season.

"If we could therefore get another two batting bonus points by reaching 400 or 450 runs in our first innings, that would be good for us. Also, any lead of over 100 would be good,'' he added.