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Miller's five-for spins Jamaica to big win

File photo - Nikita Miller scythed through the Trinidad and Tobago line-up for his 26th five-wicket haul WICB

Nikita Miller's five-wicket haul in the second innings, and match haul of 9 for 84 , bowled Jamaica to an 87-run win over Trinidad & Tobago at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain and move to second place. In a low scoring match that had only four half-centuries, Jamaica made identical scores of 201 in both innings. T&T responded with 174 in their first innings, conceding a first-innings lead of 27, before being bowled out for 141, chasing 229.

After being asked to bat, Jamaica were troubled by Sheldon Cottrell, who took three wickets upfront. They were lifted by contributions from Jermaine Blackwood (68), while Derval Green struck an important 53 at No. 10 that lifted them from 150 for 9. Legspinner Imran Khan, who scythed through the lower order, finished with 4 for 28.

In response, Kyle Hope, the T&T captain, held firm with 67 opening the innings, but T&T lost wickets around him. Yannic Cariah partnered his captain for a fourth-wicket stand of 88, but T&T collapsed after the stand was broken, losing their last seven wickets for 37 runs. Miller took four wickets, while legspinner Damion Jacobs finished with three scalps.

T&T were set 229 after Cottrell and Rayad Emrit snared six wickets between them in Jamaica's second innings. They could have been chasing a lot lesser had it not been for contributions from the lower down. Fabian Allen led the way with 60, batting at No. 7, as Jamaica were lifted from 66 for 5.

T&T lost Jeremy Solozano early in the chase, before a 51-run second-wicket partnership between Kyle Hope (35) and Isaiah Rajah (23) steadied them. However, T&T slid drastically thereafter, losing four wickets for eight runs as Jacobs and Miller strangled the middle order. Marlon Richards, who came in at 68 for 6, scored 47 off 42 balls. But Miller took out the lower order, taking his 26th five-wicket haul in the process. T&T eventually folded in the second session of the third day, bowled out for 141 in 43.5 overs.