Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Young wicketkeeper-batsman, Horace Miller, fell agonisingly short of a deserved century in the third trial match to help select Jamaica's team for the regional Super50 cricket tournament, at Sabina Park yesterday.
Miller made 98, which included 11 fours and a six, as his team, Donovan Nelson XI, recorded a six-wicket win over John Campbell XI.
Batting first, Campbell XI posted 173 for five off 40 overs, after the game was reduced due to rain. Nelson XI, in reply, then edged their way to 176 for four off 39.3 overs.
Batsmen Zeniffe Fowler, with 50 from 76 balls, and Andre McCarthy, with 50 from 73, led the way for Campbell's XI. Fowler hit a six an four fours, while McCarthy hit four fours. David Bernard Jr, with a quickfire 43 from 30 balls, which included three sixes and three fours, also got among the runs.
Jerome Taylor claimed two for 28 off his maximum eight overs to be the top bowler. He was supported by Krishmar Santokie, who took two for 34, also off eight overs.
Miller then led the way for Nelson XI, only to fall short of his landmark after going by the run out route, with four runs needed and four deliveries remaining.
Opener Kennar Lewis, who made 94 in the first trial match and 26 in the second, supported Miller with 34, while Nkrumah Bonner ended unbeaten on 25.
Off-spinning all-rounder, Yannick Elliott, finished with two for 21 from his eight overs to emerge the leading bowler.
The fourth and fifth trial matches are slated for Thursday and Friday, respectively, at the same venue.
The selectors will name a 14-man squad for the Super50 after the final game.