Sport

Windwards pair helps team to first-innings lead over Ja

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 23, 2014    

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A fifth-wicket partnership of 102 between Tyrone Theophile and Romel Currency helped the Windward Islands to a first-innings lead over Jamaica on yesterday's mostly overcast second day at Sabina Park.

But disciplined bowling spells from Jamaica late in the afternoon limited the Windwards' advantage to leave the fourth-round Regional Four-day clash between the teams wide open.

At the end of play yesterday, Jamaica were 26-0 in their second innings and were only four runs ahead after a promising Windward Islands position evaporated when their first innings collapsed to 216-9. The Windwards captain Liam Sebastien did not bat following a head and neck injury he suffered while taking a catch late on Friday.

Jamaica left-hander John Campbell and his opening partner Horace Miller were unbeaten on 10 and 12, respectively.

Play is set to resume today at 10:00 am.

Scores: Jamaica 194 (68 overs) & 26-0 (15 overs); Windward Islands 216-9 (98.3 overs)

Earlier yesterday, Theophile and Currency resumed from the Windwards overnight 56-4 and repelled the varied Jamaica bowling attack on a flat-looking batting deck.

There was hardly any flair in the approach as the pair batted patiently through the entire morning session, picking off the odd boundary whenever the bowlers erred.

Currency ended on an unbeaten top score of 76 from 246 deliveries. He hit eight fours and a six.

Theophile, the Windwards opening batsman, hit nine fours in his 73 off 197 balls before he was caught by Nikita Miller at midwicket off the bowling of part-time wrist-spin bowler Nkrumah Bonner. Their partnership for the fifth wicket yielded 102 runs.

Light but persistent rain interrupted play in the afternoon session; however, no time was lost as the umpires settled for an early tea break, during which time the drizzle eased.

Ace left-arm finger spinner Nikita Miller, who toiled in good batting conditions for most of the day, got some reward when he dismissed wicketkeeper/batsman Lindon James (20) at 200-6 after a partnership of 46 runs.

James's demise was the start of a collapse which saw four wickets falling for 16 runs.

Pacer Brian Buchanan, who bowled three overs late on day one, was belatedly introduced in the afternoon and had success when his full-pitched delivery took a faint edge from a Shane Shillingford drive, through to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.

The accurate Buchanan also accounted for Delorn Johnson's ending with 2-22 off 12 overs, while Nikita Miller sent back Pascal to finish the innings.

Off-spinner Jamie Merchant, who took no wicket yesterday, finished with 2-21 off 14 overs, while Nikita Miller had 2-60 off 38 overs and three balls.

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