Jamaica take charge at Sabina Park
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Leg-spin bowler Damion Jacobs again came up trumps for Jamaica Franchise, who at the end of day one, held the upper hand against Leewards Hurricanes in their fourth round WICB Four-day Professional League clash at Sabina Park.
Jacobs, playing in his eighth game at the first class level, claimed his third five-wicket haul after ending with five for 27 in the Leewards paltry first innings score of 103.
Jamaica, after plunging to 37 for five at one stage, then recovered to close the day on 165 for seven for an overall lead of 62.
Winning the toss, and electing to bowl on an unfamiliar grass-top Sabina pitch, which promised swing and pace, Jamaica who left out uncapped pacer Gavan Brown, and John-Ross Campbell from their 13-man squad, went on to reap instant rewards, firstly through the efforts of pacers David Bernard Jr and Marquino Mindley, and then through Jacobs.
Mindley, playing in his fourth game, was the first to put the Leewards on the backfoot when he trapped opener Austin Richards Jr leg before wicket for eight with the score on 14.
It thereafter became the Jacobs show as, after picking up his first wicket in his second over with the score on 42, the 29-year-old simply grew in confidence.
In their turn at bat, Jamaica started disastrously before Bernard Jr, Carlton Baugh Jr, Miller, and Jacobs, led somewhat of a revival.
Bernard Jr, who scored 16, and Baugh Jr, who made 18 put on 23 for the sixth wicket, and Bernard Jr and Miller tallied 27 for the seventh to somewhat steady the ship. Miller ended the day unbeaten on 50, and Jacobs, 33. Their eighth wicket stand has yielded 78 runs so far.
The impressive Gavin Tonge, now 31, who early in his career represented the West Indies in one Test and five one-day internationals, has so far claimed four for 46, while Peters, has taken three for 33 off nine overs.
"Both team's bowlers have bowled well on the wicket thus far, and this has made the game wide open," said Jamaica's captain Tamar Lambert.
"But I must say well-played to Miller and Jacobs, they have so far batted well and put us in a fairly decent position. The aim now is to try and extend the lead so as to give them as much runs to make when they bat again."
Bowlers came back well
Leewards coach, Ridley Jacobs stated that after starting off badly their bowlers came back well.
"It was a bad batting performance, but it was good to see the bowlers coming back and giving us a shout in the match. We just have to come tomorrow and try to get the remaining wickets, and do better when we bat again," said Jacobs.
Play is slated to resume today at 10 a.m.
At Arnos Vale: Barbados 230 for five (Roston Chase 56 not out, Shai Hope 50, Omar Philips 38 ret. hurt, Carlos Brathwaite 25 not out; Alston Bobb 3-62) vs Windwards.
At Queen's Park Oval: T&T 198 (Lendl Simmons 59, Yannick Cariah 51, Jason Mohammed 48 not out; Devendra Bishoo 4-49, Narsingh Deonarine 3-25). Guyana 27 for one.