Regional U-19 three-day cricket (5th round)
Led by a scintillating unbeaten 145 from left-handed West Indies opener John Campbell, leaders Jamaica were 215-2 replying to the 99 made by defending champions Windward Islands on the opening day of their final round three-day regional under-19 match at DCC yesterday.
With a first innings lead of 114, Jamaica who last won the title at home in 2009, are in a commanding position to re-claim championship honours and the focus today could be on Campbell registering the first double century at this level since Guyana’s Leon Johnson’s feat against Barbados in St Vincent in 2005.
Kaveem Hodge’s 155 is the highest total in the rain-hit competition this year and on slow tracks with assistance for the spinners Campbell, who has hit 11 fours and nine sixes from 183 balls, is well placed to try and surpass the highest individual score at this level, a fabulous 265 by Bajan Leslie Reifer against the Leeward Islands in 1978.
With Campbell, who plundered four sixes in his last 40 runs, is Bryan Gayle on 18. Oshane Walters (17) and Ramon Senior (20) were both dismissed by Larry Edwards who finished with 2-50 for the Windwards.
Walters was leg before after adding 64 with Campbell for the first wicket while Senior’s demise ended a 56-run second wicket stand with the explosive Campbell.
Campbell’s 100 came off 132 balls in two hours and 32 minutes with 10 fours and five sixes before he put his foot on the gas to entertain the handful of fans on the small ground as he dominated the unfinished 95-run third wicket partnership.
Earlier, the Windwards, who elected to bat first, lost wickets at regular intervals as only Sunil Ambris (29), Jerlani Robinson (19) and Ray Jordon (12) reached double figures for the Islanders who won the title last year in St Lucia.
When Hodge, the tournament’s leading run scorer, was clean bowled by Marquino Mindley for four the writing was on the wall and the Windwards never recovered as they joined Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago as teams falling for single figure totals in a season which has seen disappointing batting displays on pitches which although slow, cannot be blamed for the lack of concentration and application displayed the batsmen. Fabian Allen took 4-22 and Mindley 2-10 for the boys from Reggie Country.
Jamaica’s Manager Wavell Hinds, the former West Indies left-hander told Kaieteur Sport that he thought his team produced a decent performance with the bowlers leading the way.
“They (bowlers) set up the game for us to get the Windwards for under 100 and that was a great achievement for us,” Hinds said.
“John Campbell’s innings was splendid …..he applied himself very well and is well set for a big one. Let’s hope he can go out and produce the kind of innings that will set up in totality and that the bowlers can go and finish it off over the next two days,” the former Jamaica Captain said.
Meanwhile, in the game at Bourda, T&T were 141/2 just nine runs away from first innings points with eight wickets in hand after the Leewards, in the cellar position, was bowled out for 149.
Emmanuel Lett will hope to extend his unbeaten 54 while Akeal Hosein, who just missed a century in the first round, is with him on 27 for T&T who along with Barbados still have hopes of challenging Jamaica in the race for the title.
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