Ja suffer third straight loss to slip from top four

Monday, April 07, 2014    

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Jamaica shockingly tumbled to their third consecutive loss of their Regional Four-Day campaign, when they crashed to a 145-run defeat to Trinidad and Tobago here yesterday.

On a day when 19 wickets fell at Queen's Park Oval, the Jamaicans found themselves unable to arrest their alarming slide, surrendering late on the third day of the sixth-round match, after being set 244 for victory.

Once again, only Andre McCarthy showed any mettle, top scoring with 42 to follow up his first innings 45, as Jamaica could muster only a mere 98 all out.

Pacer Marlon Richards, with three for 15, and leg-spinner Imran Khan, with three for 21, led the Trinidadian attack admirably.

The writing was on the wall from early for the Jamaicans after they were reduced to 28 for five in pursuit of their victory target. With just one run on the board, John Campbell was taken at fine leg, off seamer Rayad Emrit without scoring, and Richards then knocked over the next three wickets with the score on 20 to put T&T firmly on top.

He had Jon Ross Campbell taken down the leg side for 11 and on the other side of a lengthy rain-break, prised out Jermaine Blackwood in the same over without scoring. In his next over, he claimed captain Tamar Lambert without scoring, caught at the wicket driving ambitiously.

Jamaica were further reduced to 28 for five when Nkrumah Bonner cut fast bowler Shannon Gabriel straight to Imran Khan at point.

With the defeat, Jamaica slipped outside the top four in the standings, and are now in danger of missing out on the semi-finals with one round remaining in the preliminaries.

Meanwhile, Spinners Jomel Warrican and Ryan Austin kept Combined Campuses and Colleges' semi-final aspirations alive, bowling them to an 82-run victory over Windward Islands in St Vincent.

Warrican, a former West Indies Under-19 left-arm spinner, grabbed five for 34 from 20.1 overs and veteran off-spinner Austin captured three for 37 from 16 overs, writing his name in the record books, as Windwards were bowled out for 101 in their second innings in pursuit of 184, to win the sixth-round match.





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