Miller, Taylor lead Jamaica's fightback
CAVE HILL, Barbados (CMC) — Inspired spells from Nikita Miller and Jerome Taylor led a Jamaica fightback and intensified their battle against Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) for the last semi-final slot in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.
Left-arm spinner Miller was the pick of the Jamaican bowlers, capturing five for 31 from 31 miserly overs bowled on the trot, and Taylor supported with three for 40 from 15 overs, as CCC were dismissed for 161 to concede a first-innings lead of 21 on the second day of the seventh-round match.
Kevin McClean, batting at eight, hit the top score of 36 for the home team, pugnacious opener Shacaya Thomas made 33, Kyle Corbin got 22 and their captain Steven Jacobs added 20, but the rest of the CCC batting failed miserably to put up the resistance required to reinforce the advantage they secured on the opening day.
Jermaine Blackwood was not out on 23 and West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels was not out three, as Jamaica reached 79 for two in their second innings when stumps were drawn at the rain-sprinkled 3Ws Oval for an overall lead of 100.
Left-arm fast-medium bowler Raymon Reifer gave CCC the breakthrough, when he had Nkrumah Bonner caught at second slip to give Corbin his 20th catch of the season, and John Campbell was caught at leg-slip off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for 28 in the final half-hour to unsettle the Jamaicans.
With the top three teams — Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Windward Islands — having all secured a place in the semi-finals, the last slot has come down to a straight shoot-out between CCC and Jamaica.
Two points separated the two sides before the start of the match and it remained that way following the CCC's capitulation earlier in the day, which left the contest a virtual second-innings battle for supremacy and the right to meet the first-placed side in the Final Four.