Well done, lad!

Scorpions skipper Miller hails Allen's maturity with the bat

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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JAMAICA Scorpions Captain Nikita Miller is thrilled with the form of middle-order batsman Fabian Allen in the regional four-day tournament, as the team looks to the return match against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The sixth-round encounter is slated to start tomorrow at 10:00 am at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Allen returned from injury to score an unbeaten 105 not out to help the Scorpions to victory over visitors Windward Islands Volcanoes in last weekend's fifth round. The 22-year-old right-hander had previously struck 68 in the loss away to title holders Guyana Jaguars in the first round, and 169 not out in the draw against hosts T&T Red Force in the second round, before a calf strain forced him out for two games.

“I must credit him for the form he's in and the way he's batting. I just hope he continues in that vein come next game against Trinidad [at Sabina Park],” Miller said.

The Scorpions skipper noted that Allen did not once hit a six while compiling either century, an indication that he predominantly played the ball along the carpet.

“The way Allen batted [against the Volcanoes] was absolutely brilliant to see from a young player. He didn't hit a six in his entire innings and he's coming off a 169 not out against Trinidad in which he also didn't hit a six,” the 35-year-old left-arm finger spinner, who took a sensational 13 wickets in the win over the Volcanoes, said.

It has been a dream start to Allen's first-class career, which saw him debut in regional four-day cricket last season against Barbados Pride. The right-hander has struck four fifties to go with his two hundreds, and his average of over 100 so far this season tops the batting charts.

Allen, who also bowls left-arm spin, is ecstatic with his batting form.

“It's an innings I was planning for because I was coming off a 160-odd not out, so I continued that innings into this game. I'm in form, I'm focused and I did my best and it turned out well,” he told the Jamaica Observer at the end of the contest with the Volcanoes.

He spoke of the importance of Miller's knock of 52 in the 141-run stand that the two shared for the ninth wicket, thus ensuring the Scorpions had a big first-innings lead.

“The [size of the] lead was in some danger and the captain came and played a massive role, because without him we wouldn't have got that lead. I have to say thanks to him also because he stayed there and I was able to make the hundred. The plan was to keep ticking over and to keep rotating the strike and we were able to execute efficiently,” Allen explained.

The Scorpions are third in the six-franchise league with 55 points, just behind second-placed Red Force (61.8). Defending champions Jaguars lead with 86.4 points, while the rest of the table comprises fourth-placed Hurricanes (49.6), fifth-placed Pride (48) and cellar team Volcanoes (21.8).

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