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Champs in charge - Jamaica bowl down CCC for 150 runs

Champs Ja put early pressure on CCC

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, April 26, 2013    

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JAMAICA’S largely inexperienced bowling attack dismissed the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) for a paltry 150 yesterday at Sabina Park, but a clutter of late wickets left the hosts teetering on 62-4 at the close of the rain-truncated day one in the West Indies Cricket Board four-day competition.

Scores: Combined Campuses and Colleges 150 (52.4 overs); Jamaica 62-4 (20 overs).

Play will resume this morning at 9:30.

Young middle-order batsmen Andre McCarthy and Jermaine Blackwood are not out on two and zero, respectively.

Jamaica, who are already safely through to the semi-finals of the competition, gave first-class debuts to opener Zeniffe Fowler, off-spinner Jamie Merchant as well as McCarthy, and rested regular captain Tamar Lambert, wristspinner Odean Brown, batsman Danza Hyatt and seamer Andrew Richardson.

The move had no ill effects from a bowling perspective as pacer Brian Buchanan, playing in only his second four-day match, got ample sideways movement and a bit of bounce on the Sabina surface to grab 3-36 in 11 overs.

He was assisted by left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterell, who grabbed 3-52, and the crafty left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, who finished with 2-34.

Merchant, who bowled two brief spells, grabbed 2-5 to help wrap up the Combined Campuses innings for 150.

The 40-year-old left-handed batsman Floyd Reifer top scored for the CCC with a battling 63 runs off 126 deliveries. He hit eight boundaries and a lone six in an innings that saw him reach fifty in first-class cricket for the 41st time.

Reifer was the last man dismissed when he missed a leg side delivery from Merchant and was stumped by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh after an initial fumble.

Opener Shacoya Thomas hit a quickfire 35 off 47 balls before he was bowled by Cotterell.

Jamaica, the five-time reigning champions, replied positively, despite losing Fowler (one) leg before wicket to pacer Dawayne Sealy at 29-1.

They marched to 53-1 before heavy showers interrupted proceedings for 15 minutes shy of two hours in the post-tea session.

Upon the resumption, opener Brenton Parchment (32), who played a few sumptuous shots around the park, was bowled by a full, swinging delivery from leftarm seamer Raymon Reifer, the brother of Floyd.

The left-handed Simon Jackson (15) and night watchman Buchanan (0) followed soon after as Jamaica reached 62-4 when the umpires decided to end play at 6:15 pm.

The vibrant CCC bowling effort was led by Sealy, who has taken 2-29. The Combined Campuses have no chance of reaching next week’s semi-final.

Scoreboard

CCC 1st Innings

S Thomas b Cotterell 35

A Alleyne c wkp Baugh b Buchanan 5

N Parris c wkp Baugh b Buchanan 0

*K Corbin c wkp Baugh b Cotterell 1

F Reifer st Baugh b Merchant 63

R Reifer c wkp Baugh b Miller 21

+C Walton c Parchment b Buchanan 1

A Dewar lbw b Cotterell 16

D Sealy b Miller 0

K Williams lbw b Merchant 2

K Ramsaran not out 0

Extras (b5, w1) 6

TOTAL (all out, 52.4 overs) 150

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-26, 3-44, 4-47, 5-92, 6-93, 7-125, 8-126, 9-149, 10-150.

Bowling: Cotterell 13-1-52-3, Buchanan 11-2-36-3 (w1), Bernard Jr 7-2-18-0, Miller 17-4-34-2, Merchant 4.4-2-5-2

JAMAICA 1st Innings

B Parchment b R Reifer 32

Z Fowler lbw b Sealy 1

S Jackson c Dewar b Williams 15

A McCarthy not out 2

B Buchanan lbw b Sealy 0

J Blackwood not out 0

Extras (b1, lb2, w5, nb4) 12

TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 62

Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-57, 3-61, 4-62.

To bat: *D Bernard Jr, +C

Baugh Jr, N Miller, J Merchant, S Cotterell.

Bowling: Williams 4-2-16-1, Sealy 10-2-29-2 (w5, nb4), R Reifer 6-1-14-1.

Position: Jamaica trail by 88 runs with six wickets intact.

Toss: CCC.

Umpires: N Duguid, P Gustard.

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