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Miller, Bonner, Campbell delighted with experience

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica batsman Horace Miller with the Headley and Weekes trophy.

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

The dream of many young cricketers: To represent the national senior team and to be part of a championship winning team.

Young cricketers, middle-order batsman Horace Miller, leg-spinning all-rounder Nkrumah Bonner, and hard-hitting opener John-Ross Campbell are now in an elite group.

They were members of Jamaica's successful three-peat winning team which captured the regional WICB four-day championship earlier this week.

"It's good to be around the senior team and to be part of the winning team two years in a row," said the right-handed Miller, whose score of 65 on debut against Trinidad and Tobago in the last game of the championship helped Jamaica overcome the challenge of second-place Barbados.

Good total

Miller's score propelled Jamaica to 379, a total good enough to help the team score an innings and 72 runs win over the Trinidadians.

"I was always awaiting a call-up, and when I heard I was going to get an opportunity I was delighted.

"I was a little bit nervous at the start of my innings, but after I got my eyes in and started to feel comfortable everything started to click," he added.

Miller, 20, plays for Kensington CC locally, and was the last to be handed his Jamaican 'baggy green' cap, with Bonner being the first and Campbell the second.

Bonner and Miller, who represented the West Indies at the 2008 ICC Youth World Cup, and in 2009 were given their national one-day caps, said being part of the team and witnessing the triumph was an experience.

"In addition to the joy of winning and the glory, the experience taught me lessons on how to win," said Bonner.

"The team faced a lot of pressure situations and it was good to see how we fought and came out it. It's an experience I will never forget," he said.

Benefit from experience

Bonner, 21, who will this season represent Kingston in local domestic competitions after being transferred from St Catherine Parish, also said he was looking forward to using the experience to his benefit.

"Being exposed to it lets you know what is expected at this level when compared to local cricket.

"For me personally, it's back to the drawing board, having not performed as best as I can," he said.

Bonner played two matches, batted four innings and made scores of 0, 8, 0 and 0. He also bowled 13 overs in one of the games and took 2-28.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Campbell who, like Miller and Bonner, graduated through the national Under-15 and Under-19 youth ranks, said it was an unforgettable experience.

Campbell played a solitary game and made a best score of five in his two innings.

"As a youngster, it feels good and I feel proud to be part of history," said the Melbourne opener.

"My hope is that one day when some of these players retire and we will be asked to step in, we will be able to carry on the glory in the same way," he said.