Spin master Miller pleased with Sabina haul
Spinner Nikita Miller was all smiles after completing the rare feat of four consecutive five-wicket hauls at Sabina Park yesterday. The Jamaica Scorpions captain, who has many times won the top wicket taker award in the regional four-day championship, achieved the feat after ending with eight for 54 against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the fifth round of the Cricket West Indies/Digicel Four-day Championship.
The haul, his 31st at the first-class level from 92 matches, followed up five for 60 in the first innings and similar returns against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes two weeks ago.
This is after he had missed the Scorpions' opening three matches against Guyana Jaguars, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride due to injury.
"I think it is the first time that I have gotten so much wickets out of two games,'' said Miller. "It's also the first time that I am bowling four consecutive innings and taking five or more wickets.
"I am really happy with the returns so far and the hope that I will continue doing well.''
The returns by Miller, which has seen him parachute up the top wicket takers standings into third position with 23 wickets, three behind joint leaders Veerasammy Permaul and Imran Khan, has also resulted in him continuing to nudge the West Indies selectors.
However, according to MIller, who has represented the West Indies in one Test, while he would be delighted with the opportunity to play international cricket again, his focus is trying to steer Jamaica to the title.
"I like to take things one step at a time and deal with what is in front of me ... so I don't really talk or think about it that much,'' he expressed.
"I think about what Jamaica has to do right now, and, whatever the result after that I will deal with it as it comes.''
Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will face the Scorpions in the sixth round, and the first set of return-leg matches at Sabina Park on Thursday.