Jamaica Gleaner / Captain of the Jamaica Scorpions, spinner Nikita Miller, has cited the record ninth-wicket partnership of 141 runs between himself and batsman Fabian Allen as key to their commanding 10-wicket win over Windward Islands Volcanoes in their fifth-round CWI-Digicel Four-day Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday.
The match-up, which ended early on the fourth day, saw the Scorpions not losing a wicket loss in chase of the victory target of 35 runs after they had earlier dismissed the Windwards for 186 in their second innings.
The Windwards, led by an unbeaten 116 from opener Devon Smith, made 200 in their first innings, to which Jamaica replied with 352.
Up-and-coming middle-order batsman Allen, with 105 not out, and opener John Campbell, 71, led the way for Jamaica, with Miller, 52, being the next best.
“I think it was one of those partnerships that we had to really dig deep to get us across the line, and one you could say that won us the game,” said Miller, who also claimed five for 60 and eight for 54 in the match.
ONE BALL AT A TIME
“I kept telling him throughout our innings to “let us take it one ball at a time, one run at a time, as we are not looking for any big shots”, and it worked out well.
“I, for example, faced about 180 deliveries and I only scored one boundary, and the boundary was off the first delivery I faced.
“It was also a similar situation for him as well, as he scored about 11 fours off 200-and-odd deliveries,” he added.
Earlier, Jamaica, who resumed the final day 17 runs behind, did not allow the Volcanoes’ lower order to make significant stride, as thanks to the accuracy and flight variations of Miller, they were able to set themselves a relatively easy victory target.
The result was then made a formality through openers Trevon Griffith and Campbell, who hit 24 and 10, respectively.
Windwards’ new coach, Jamaican AndrÈ Coley, while expressing disappointment with a few missed chances in the Scorpions’ first innings, congratulated Allen and Miller on their partnership, which he said took the game away from them.
“I thought we missed a couple of crucial catching opportunities early, which could have gotten us more into their batting,” Coley said.
“But to their credit, that partnership of over 100 by Nikita Miller and Fabian Allen was really what took the game away from us, as it gave them a 152-runs lead.”