Mesmerising Miller spins Jamaica back on track

Published: Saturday | January 24, 2009


CAVE HILL, Barbados (CMC): West Indies left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, helped holders and current leaders Jamaica get back into their WICB regional four-day match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC), after their batsmen let them down yesterday.

Miller snared four wickets for 14 runs from 11 overs, as the CCC reached 59 for five, replying to Jamaica's first-innings total of 162 on the opening day of their key third-round match at the Three Ws Oval.

The Jamaicans, sent in to bat, were dismissed about five minutes before tea - Xavier Marshall, just back from the West Indies' tour of New Zealand - hit the top score of 74. Dave Bernard made 31 and Donovan Pagon got 28.

Off-spinner Ryan Austin was the pick of the CCC bowlers with three for 37 from 16 overs; Khismar Catlin supported with three for 42 from 12 overs; and, Jamel Noel took two for 25 from 7.5 overs.

Added to woes

But Miller started a CCC collapse when he bowled opener Romel Currency for five with his third ball.

Brendan Nash stepped in to add to the home team's woes, when he had the CCC's Jamaican-born captain Simon Jackson lbw for seven.

The two spin bowlers applied severe pressure on the CCC batsmen and it was only a matter of time before they broke when Miller had Omar Phillips caught at midwicket for six and struck in his next over, when he trapped Floyd Reifer lbw for a four-ball duck.

Earlier, Jamaica made a shaky start, when Brenton Parchment was caught behind off Kevin McClean for two. Donovan Pagon joined Marshall and added 66 for the second wicket before Austin had him caught at mid-off for 28 off the penultimate ball before lunch.

Jamaica were 81 for two at lunch with Marshall unbeaten on 50.

Following the interval, the visitors' innings went into meltdown, as the CCC bowlers maintained a steady line and length and gained generous bounce and movement from the pitch.

led the fight

Tamar Lambert was run out for six and two overs later, Nash was caught low down at extra cover for two to leave the Jamaicans 99 for four.

Marshall continued to lead the fight for the Jamaicans, but he too, succeeded in gifting his wicket, when he top-edged a hook at a bouncer from Catlin and was caught behind.

Next delivery, Keith Hibbert was startled by another bouncer from Catlin, fended away and was caught behind for a first-ball duck to leave the Jamaicans on 126 for six.

There was little sting in the Jamaican tail and they lost their last four wickets for 22 runs from 47 balls.