Pagon, Parchment to miss opening matches
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
National coach Junior Bennett said he is not sure whether Donovan Pagon or Brenton Parchment will be available for the first half of the West Indies Four-Day and Super50 cricket tournaments.
The pair, who played lead roles in jamaica claiming a record fifth straight hold on the four-day title last season, has been left out of Jamaica squads ahead of next week's start of the tournaments.
"Pagon has requested some time to deal with some matters overseas, while Parchment is in Australia on a contract playing cricket," said Bennett.
"We are expecting Pagon to return sooner rather than later, while we are awaiting details as it relates to Parchment's contract," he added.
The 30-year-old Pagon, who represented the West Indies in two Tests in early 2000, finished in the top three of the four-dayers last season with 544 runs. This included one century, 155 against the Leewards at Sabina Park, and four half-centuries.
Parchment, in the meanwhile, who is also 30 and has played two Tests and seven ODIs, was the team's most consistent opener.
Meanwhile, the second Super50 practice match ahead of the trip to Barbados saw opener Nkrumah Bonner scoring a hundred at Sabina Park yesterday. Bonner hit five sixes and seven fours in making 104 as Tamar Lambert XI, chasing 188 for victory, made 193 for eight off 47 overs.
Fellow opener Zeniffe Fowler, 28, best supported the right-hander against Damion Jacobs, two for 38.
Nikita Miller top-scored for Benard Jr XI with 54 against Ralston Levy, three for 49.
The teams will be engaged in a three-day practice match, starting tomorrow.
Jamaica, who are defending champions in both versions, will open their campaign next Thursday with a Super50 showdown against Barbados and Kensington Oval. The teams will then meet two days later for the opening round of the four-dayer tournament at the same venue.