PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Bernard Jr saves the day
Published: Saturday | January 24, 2009
David Bernard Jr - File
HAVING SCORED a solid 75 to help Jamaica gain first innings points over Trinidad and Tobago in their second round regional four-day cricket match on Monday, David Bernard Jr is the Performer of the Week.
Jamaica, replying to T&T's first innings score of 202, made 355 for seven, declared, in the rain-affected match at Queen's Park Oval.
Batting at number five after Jamaica were shakily placed at 148 for five, Bernard and Wavell Hinds (52) steadied the innings in a 99-run sixth wicket partnership which pushed Jamaica to safety before Hinds fell at 246 for six.
Bernard also shared in a seventh-wicket partnership of 89 with wicketkeeper batman Keith Hibbert (60 not out) before he was caught at extra cover by Darren Ganga off medium pacer Lendl Simmons, this after cracking seven fours. Having taken two wickets in T&T's first innings, he was named Man of the Match.
A past student of Jamaica College, where he was introduced to cricket, Bernard Jr first represented Jamaica at the under-15 level before graduating to the under-19 team in regional competitions.
Next stop was the national senior team and ultimately Test cricket for the West Indies. He is the son of former Cavalier and Jamaica footballer David Bernard, who is the physical trainer for the Jamaica cricket team.
- Orville Clarke