Campbell, Green wreck Red Force
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
John Campbell and Derval Green proved Jamaica Scorpions had little reason for concern at the loss of inspirational captain and champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller in their return match against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.
Campbell grabbed 4-40 from 17.5 overs with his flighty, part-time off-spin and fast-medium bowler Green snared 4-45 from 19 overs, as the Red Force were bowled out for 243 in their first innings about half hour before the close on the opening day of their sixth-round match at Sabina Park.
The Scorpions entered the match concerned about losing Miller, whose 23 wickets and stubborn lower-order batting in the last two matches has sparked their revival.
He flies out of the Caribbean this week destined for New Zealand, where he will be part of the West Indies one-day international squad for a three-match series against the hosts.
But Campbell and Green eased worries about the bowling, as Jeremy Solozano hit the top score of 62 for the Red Force, Ewart Nicholson supported with 50, Amir Jangoo made 39 and Tion Webser added 29 before they folded.
Campbell returned to finish not out on 14 and fellow left-handed opener Trevon Griffith was not out on two, as the Scorpions reached 16 without loss when stumps were drawn in fading light.
Red Force started solidly with Jangoo and Solozano sharing 71 for the first wicket, but the visitors stumbled to 110 for two at lunch.
Jangoo was leg before wicket to leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fellow left-hander Yannic Cariah was caught close to the wicket off Campbell for 14 in the final half hour before lunch.
After the interval, the Scorpions bowlers made scoring a little more difficult and the resulting pressure saw the Red Force reach 188 for five at tea.