Campbell delighted with bowling effort

November 26, 2015
file Jamaican opener John Campbell

Opener John Campbell has described as pleasing his recent man-of-the-match performance for Jamaica Scorpions against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First Class Championship.

Bowling his part-time off-spin on a friendly Queen's Park Oval pitch in the twin-island republic, Campbell claimed a career-best seven for 23, as the Red Force, facing a first innings deficit of 20, were bowled out for 175.

Set a modest victory target of 155, Jamaica then cruised to 156 for four, with Campbell, in his highest score to date in three matches, topscoring with an unbeaten 83.

"I never really expected to bowl as much as I did," said Campbell.

"I was expecting just a few overs. However, I was creating chances right throughout my spells, and, the team kept on encouraging me."

The 22-year-old, who ended with a career-best match haul of eight wickets, after picking up one for 20 in the first innings, and now has a total of 21 wickets from 18 matches, however, also said, overall, he was not surprised by his bowling exploits.

"Though a part-timer, I am not totally surprised, as a couple of days before the match, I had a really long bowling session in the nets, was bowling in the right areas, and the coach was impressed," he explained.

The former West Indies Under-19 representative, also expressed the hope that as his career develops, so too will his bowling.

"I think I need to believe in and work on my bowling some more, as I usually turn the ball, and most of the times that I bowl, I either create a chance or trouble the batsmen," he pointed out.

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