Jamaica all set for first innings lead
On a day when West Indies youth player, Akeem Dewar, starred with the ball, after bagging 4 for 81 in his maiden First Class match, Ireland were left struggling some 64 runs behind Jamaica's first innings total of 339 after closing day two on 275-9 in their Jamaica Cricket Festival clash at Chedwin Park on Sunday.
The leg spinning Dewar, who was also instrumental in Jamaica's regional Under-19 success last year, showed good control in his economical 23 overs, which cost just over three runs per over, to lead Jamaica's defence of their first innings tally.
The locals got off to an ideal start with Andre Russell claiming the wicket of the dangerous William Porterfield for one with his very first delivery, the opener dragging the ball straight into the hands of Dewar, with just one run on the board for the Irish team.
Paul Stirling (65) and Niall O'Brien (62) did well to remove thoughts of an Irish collapse, posting a 108 run partnership for the second wicket, before Russell got the scalp of Stirling, in a slightly fortuitous fashion.
Russell managed to get down in time to get a hand on a straight drive by O'Brien, in the process redirecting the ball onto the stumps of Stirling, who was caught outside the crease at the non-striker's end.
Andre Botha was the next batsman on his way back to the pavilion, after he failed to keep his shot down and was caught by Horace Miller for 15 runs off the bowling of Dewar with the score on 138.
Dewar and Miller were at it again a few overs later, getting rid of O'Brien, who was looking ominous after achieving his half century. O'Brien batted for just over two hours and helped himself to eight fours and a six during his fluent knock.
Alex Cusack added a patient 53 to Ireland's innings before he was caught and bowled by Dewar while the other batsmen managed another 25 runs before the close of play.
Russell ended with figures of 3 for 41 off his 14 overs and was the only other Jamaican bowler who managed success, on the strip that offered little help for the bowlers