Jackson scores warm-up century
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Opener Simon Jackson warmed up for the opening round of the West Indies Super50 tournament with an undefeated 108 in the first of two practice matches at Sabina Park yesterday.
Jackson, who is expected to play a lead role in the team this year in the absence of several key players, slammed eight fours and one six. He faced 130 balls.
The left-hander's contribution, however, was not enough to lead his team, Lambert XI, to victory over Bernard Jr XI, as due to bad light the game ended in a no-result.
"It feels good to get some runs so close to the start of the tournament," said Jackson.
"It was difficult to score early on a wicket which assisted the bowlers somewhat. But I was able to settle down and after that things got easier."
Sent to bat, Bernard Jr XI made 232 off their maximum overs with off-spinner Jamie Merchant and all-rounder Damion Jacobs making 60 and 42, respectively.
Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cotterell, with three for 26, ended as the most successful bowler.
Lambert XI, in reply, closed on 218 for five, with Lambert 37 and Carlton Baugh Jr, 33 not out, giving Jackson best support.
Pacer Markland Guy with two for 45 took most wickets.
The second practice match will be played today at the same venue.
Jamaica will open the defence of their Super50 title next weekend away to Barbados at Kensington Oval.