Jamaica rally with big victory
COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):
Jamaica strolled to an easy nine-wicket win over West Indies Under-19s in the 11th game of the NAGICO Super50 cricket match at the National Cricket Centre yesterday.
Solid half centuries from opener John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood steered the Jamaicans to victory, after West Indies Under-19s were dismissed for 137 in 47 overs.
Jamaica lost opener Nkrumah Bonner in the fifth over when he was caught for 10 after hitting two fours. But Campbell and Blackwood came together to dominate the bowling as Jamaica completed a comfortable victory.
Campbell was not out on 61, hitting five fours and a six, while Blackwood was unbeaten on 53, collecting three fours and a couple of sixes.
The young West Indians, sent in to bat after Jamaica won the toss, were in trouble from the start, plunging to 24 for four, before Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Shamar Springer attempted to stabilise the innings.
Chanderpaul and Springer carved out a 38-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but their progress was short-lived. Both batsmen fell victim to the Jamaican, captain Nikita Miller - Chanderpaul was caught for 25, while Springer was caught and bowled for the same score.
The end of their partnership signalled another batting collapse as wickets tumbled, including three with just 17 runs, as the young West Indians lost momentum.
However, a courageous late-order fightback between Chad Williams and Michael Frew brought some respectability to their total.
Frew led the late rally, smashing two fours and a six in a top score of 33, and in the process compiled an impressive 41 runs for the ninth wicket with Williams, who contributed 11.
Miller, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley, and Damion Jacobs each grabbed two wickets for Jamaica.