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March 4, 2014
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Captain Lambert hails Bonner, Campbell
Jermaine Lannaman, STAR Writer


Jamaica's Nkrumah Bonner (left) celebrates the wicket of Guyana's Narsingh Deonarine with teammates Carlton Baugh Jr (centre) and John Campbell at Sabina Park on Sunday. Deonarine was caught and bowled by Bonner for 38. - Ricardo Makyn

Jamaica's cricket captain, Tamar Lambert, lauded the efforts of young batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and John Campbell, who played lead roles in helping the team to secure a seven-wicket win over Guyana at Sabina Park yesterday.

The WICB Four-Day Championship opening-round encounter saw Guyana making 117 and 264 to which Jamaica replied with 294 and 89 for three.

Bonner led Jamaica's batting performance in both innings with scores of 62 and 38, respectively, while opener Campbell, playing in his maiden first-class fixture, made 50 in the first innings.

"What we have been trying to improve on for a number of years now is our batting. So to see Bonner and Campbell stepping up in this match is a good sign," said Lambert.

"I think last year, that (batting) was the thing that cost us from not winning the four-day competition, and it is something that we continue to address," he added.

The only senior player among Jamaica's top five batsmen, Lambert said what impressed him most were Campbell's application and Bonner's batting maturity.

The left-handed Campbell, who recently turned 20, batted for three hours and 39 minutes and faced 158 balls in compiling his first-innings knock, which featured five fours.

Bonner, 25, batted for three hours and 20 minutes, faced 167 balls, and hit two fours in the first innings.

good innings

"I think the innings that John Campbell played in the first innings was really good," Lambert said.

"Playing in his first match at this level, he showed good determination, and is the sort of batting you want to see from your opener.

"As for Bonner, although he has been playing for two years, I think last year he played all the matches and did not score a half-century.

Jamaica will next play the Leeward Islands in St Kitts, starting Friday.

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