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Blackwood, Bonner on CWI’s radar

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:29 AMLennox Aldred/ Gleaner Writer
Jermaine Blackwood
Jermaine Blackwood

Jamaican middle-order batsmen Jermaine Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner could find themselves back in the senior West Indies set-up following outstanding performances with the Jamaica Scorpions in the ongoing West Indies Four Day Championship.

Blackwood and Bonner’s resurgence has been a welcome sight for Cricket West Indies selector Miles Bascombe who was on hand at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium to watch the Jamaica Scorpions play the Guyana Jaguars in round five of the regional four-day competition.

To date, Blackwood has scored the third-most runs in the competition, rattling up 450 in 12 innings at an average of 37.50 with a top score of 98.

The right-hander’s five half-centuries are only bettered by the competition’s leading runscorer Kyle Mayers of Barbados, who has two centuries and five half-centuries in 579 runs.

Bonner has had a decent season as well scoring 340 runs in 10 innings at an average of 56.66 with one century and two half-centuries with a top score of 100 not out.

According to Bascombe, both players have shown that they have the goods to play at the top level, and it is about being consistent that will give them the nod when the selectors meet to pick the respective senior and ‘A’ team squads soon.

“It’s good to see Blackwood for sure back in the runs, he had a very lean Super 50 Cup. I think you could see some effort from him in the Super 50, but I think he was a little short on patience but with this knock that I saw here in Trelawny, he has shown quite a lot more patience and that is good to see him not getting flustered and getting back into the run-scoring again. Bonner has been consistent over the years as well, especially in the Super 50 format,” said Bascombe.

The former Windward and West Indies T20 player who now sits on the Roger Harper-led selection panel, says consistent performances backed up by temperament and control will grab the eyes of the selectors.

“Performances put you on the radar and this has been something lead selector Roger Harper has committed to making every effort to reward players who perform, consistency is probably the most important aspect and being able to repeat these performances is key”, added Bacombe.

The selectors are expected to meet in the coming weeks to select two squads. The senior West Indies team is scheduled to play a three-Test series in June while South Africa ‘A’ are scheduled to also tour the Caribbean in June.