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Dismal start

Dismal start LANDMARK: Jamaica batsman Nkrumah Bonner (right) celebrating after reaching his century. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

By PHILIP HACKETT | Fri, February 08, 2013 - 12:05 AM

BARBADOS made an unimpressive start to the 2013 WICB Super50 tournament last night.

An impressive century by Nkrumah Bonner combined with a solid all-round performance by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller led Jamaica to an emphatic victory over the hosts by 75 runs at Kensington Oval.

Captain Tamar Lambert put the Barbados batting under pressure with excellent figures of three for 22, but the victory was set up by Bonner’s attractive 110 off 139 balls, the latter part of it in a seventh-wicket stand of 78 with Miller.

It was a perfect start to the defence of the title by the visitors, who scored 239 for eight after opting to bat on winning the toss.

In reply, Barbados limped to 164 all out off 44.5 overs.

Man Of The Match Bonner anchored the innings initially but timed the acceleration phase to perfection, clouting four sixes and eight fours in an innings in which he faced 139 balls.

He enjoyed a slice of luck when caught by Javon Searles at short mid-wicket off Kevin Stoute, only to see the outstretched right arm of umpire Peter Nero signalling no-ball.

Bonner celebrated his good fortune by lifting the free hit over mid-wicket for six to move to 48. He brought up his half-century off 86 deliveries, having struck a six and five fours.

By then, Jamaica had declined to 107 for four after a patient second-wicket stand of 47 between Bonner and opener Simon Jackson (27) repaired the damage done by the loss of Jermaine Blackwood in the first over.

Javon Searles kept the pressure on in an opening seven-over spell in which he conceded just 14 runs.

Off-spinner Ashley Nurse bowled well to take one for 36 while Kevin Stoute took two for 31 and Christopher Jordan two for 48.

Miller, who paced his innings superbly to score an unbeaten 42 off 41 balls with a six and three fours, provided effective lower-order support for Bonner after a mini middle-order slide.

Bonner brought up his century off 132 balls and by the time he lifted a catch to Hope running back from cover, he had struck four sixes and eight fours.

When he departed Miller added the finishing touches to ensure Barbados were left with a stiff challenge.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Rashidi Boucher set a good foundation for the chase in an opening stand of 43 that spanned 12 overs.

Lambert broke the stand, luring Brathwaite into a drive that was taken by debutant Andre McCarthy in the covers. Lambert added the wickets of Boucher, caught at mid-wicket by Odean Browne off a miscued pull and Kyle Hope, stumped pushing forward.

Kirk Edwards was run out during a period in which Barbados lost four wickets for 40 runs.

There was no meaningful resistance as Barbados folded meekly, with Miller chipping in with two for 26 and Sheldon Cotterell two for 21.

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