YOUNG middle-order batsman Brandon King crafted a century before retiring hurt on day one of the three-day Jamaica cricket trial match between Paul Palmer’s XI and John Campbell’s XI at Sabina Park yesterday.
King, the former West Indies youth batsman, hit 103 batting at number four in the order as Palmer’s XI ended the day on 263-4.
The free-scoring 20-year-old batsman, who made 80 in last week’s opening trial game, hit 13 boundaries in his knock off the 171 deliveries he faced yesterday. But his innings was curtailed when he was struck in the rib cage area by a lifting ball from left-arm pacer Sheldon Cotterell.
There appeared to be no medical team on hand to assess King’s injury, but indications coming from the training camp are that no bones were broken.
Up to press time yesterday, the batsman did receive treatment from physical trainer David Bernard.
Meanwhile, former Jamaica Captain Tamar Lambert and Andre McCarthy both contributed half-centuries to support King’s ton.
McCarthy, 28, who batted at number three, struck 57 runs, including seven fours and a lone six in his knock.
Number five batsman Lambert got 51 runs comprising eight fours and a six.
Earlier, openers Horace Miller (eight) and left-handed Captain Palmer (seven) both failed. Palmer made a century in last week’s game.
Cotterell took 2-35 for Campbell’s XI, while fellow West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor grabbed 1-30 off seven overs.
Play is scheduled to resume today at 9:30 am.
The trial matches are geared at helping selectors pick Jamaica’s squad for the second staging of the Professional Cricket League, set to begin November 6.