Russell strokes century as Jamaica and Ireland draw – Digicel Match Report
Jamaican all-rounder, Andre Russell, could not be tamed, as he swung his bat ferociously on his way to scoring a quick 108 runs off a mere 65 balls, to lead Jamaica to 314-7 in their three-day Jamaica Cricket Festival match against Ireland, which ended in a draw at Chedwin Park.
Russell, who ended not-out after the game was called off with over a hour to play, excited the crowd with several raids on the boundary during his knock which consisted 10 massive sixes and seven fours as Jamaica chalked up a lead of 369 runs.
This was the icing on a positive outing from the youngster, who earlier helped himself to 4-41 with the ball during Ireland’s first innings tally of 275, which they carried over into the final day without adding to the score.
Russell was elated with his contribution over the three days but was particularly pleased with his four-wicket haul.
“It was a typical innings for me, I got a few bad balls and I managed to put them away. It’s my first hundred at this level so it means a lot to me, Im very happy with my innings and my overall performance in this match,” Russell said. “I’m more pleased with my bowling performance. I’m stepping up a notch and I can see that I’m improving at both aspects of my game.”
Earlier in the day, opener Brenton Parchment posted 83 runs while his opening partner, Danza Hyatt, secured his second half-ton of the match with a score of 53 runs. The two registered a hundred run partnership, before Hyatt was removed by Andre Botha after he played a shot into the hands of Niall O’Brien.
The Jamaicans found themselves in a spot of bother shortly after lunch when they lost three wickets in quick succession. Donovan Pagan (16) went with the score on 158 runs before Horace Miller (0) and Brenton Parchment left shortly afterwards with just one run added to the scoreboard.
In the end, with little to play for, both captains decided to call it a day with an eye on Wednesday’s opening fifty over clash at the Kaiser Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St Ann.
William Porterfield was a little disappointed with some aspects of his team’s play but was happy to be back in the warmth and was more than grateful for the opportunity to get much needed match practice ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 assignments.
“I thought our performance was pretty good and we got a chance to play some cricket again in the heat. We played some good cricket, I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get some more runs with the bat,” said Porterfield. “A couple of guys spent some good time in the middle and got some fifties but it’s unfortunate no one was able to push on and get a century.”
Former West Indies player and Ireland coach, Phil Simmons, was not too disappointed with the result, but was hoping to see a better performance from his players with the bat.
“We had a couple of good days, I think we did well on a flat pitch to get them out for that score. They were going well at one point but we did well,” Simmons said. “Batting-wise, we also had a good run because two or three guys got fifties but they are still getting acclimatised, we have only been here four days.”