Jamaica thump Canada by 63 runs
Hosts Jamaica recovered from their defeat to Ireland on Saturday to overpower Canada by 63 runs to extend the winless streak for the North Americans in the Jamaica Cricket Festival.
The Jamaicans were propped up by their top-order batsmen Brenton Parchment, Danza Hyatt, Donovan Pagon and John Ross Campbell, who all chipped in with significant scores to lay the foundation for a strong score.
Parchment went after Rizwan Cheema, smashing 17 runs off the sixth over to push the Jamaicans to 51 without loss at that point.
Hyatt, who topscored with 48, struck ten off the next over, from Hiral Patel, and there was no let-up for the tourists. Cheema eventually got Hyatt, after an explosive 33-ball 48, and Parchment departed soon after.
Campbell and Pagon then took up the mantle towards the middle of the innings, posting 52 runs for the third wicket.
Andre Russell and Carlton Baugh pushed up the scoring during the closing stages to finish with an imposing 175 for 4. Parth Desai bowled well to finish with 3 for 21.
Canada's reply was wrecked by Krishmar Santokie's spell of 3 for 7 in three overs. Bevon Brown and Tamar Lambert picked two wickets each, to push Canada out of the game, and it was left to captain Ashish Bagai to strike an unbeaten 51, and taken them into three figures.
Jamaica's coach Junior Bennett was happy with the team's improved performance and expressed satisfaction with the contribution of the young players in the squad such as Campbell and Kemar Marshall. "We are pleased with our performance throughout the festival. We are happy with the performances of the youngsters that we introduced this year and we were much better with the bat today," said Bennett.
"The openers gave us a good start and the batsmen did well to put them on the back foot and put away the poor deliveries."
Canada's coach Pubudu Dassanayake was disappointed with the performance of his team. "We didn't do too well at all when they made 175 it was pretty much unreachable for us but it's good to see Ashish (Bagai) still getting some runs. That's the only positive about this. We are now hoping to have a better time at Sabina Park," he said.