Jamaica 550 for 7 (King 194, Thomas 114*) beat Leeward Islands 243 (Hamilton 103, Jacobs 5-103) and 234 (Hughes 54, Jacobs 5-64) by an innings and 73 runs
Centuries by Brandon King and Devon Thomas coupled with Damion Jacobs‘ match haul of 10 wickets helped Jamaica beat Leeward Islands by an innings and 73 runs in St Kitts. The win was Jamaica’s third in five matches, while Leewards slumped to their second consecutive loss.
Leewards folded for 243 after electing to bat, with Jahmar Hamilton scoring 103, thereby helping the team recover somewhat from 96 for 5. He added 102 runs for the sixth wicket with allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall (66).
Jamaica’s batting strengthened their grip on the game; their openers John Campbell (88) and Shacaya Thomas (54) added 90. Jermaine Blackwood (55) added another 112 runs for the second wicket with Campbell before they lost three wickets in a hurry to slip to 209 for 4. King and Thomas wrested the game’s momentum back from Leewards with an imposing 309-run stand for the fifth wicket. Jamaica declared on 550 soon after King’s dismissal for 194, which happened to be his maiden first-class ton.
Leewards, behind by 307 runs, succumbed once again to Jacobs’ legbreaks. He picked up five, and was ably helped by Nikita Miller who finished with 3 for 44. Leewards slipped from 200 for 4 to 206 for 9, before eventually folding in the 72nd over after a 28-run final stand. Kieran Powell scored a 17-ball 40 at the top while Jahmar Hamilton followed up his first-innings century with 45.