Cricket: Headley rampant on `dangerous' wicket

England 286-8 dec Jamaica 125 and 96 England win by an innings and 65 runs
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Dean Headley took nine wickets on a pitch his captain, Mike Atherton, later called "dangerous", to steer England to a resounding victory over Jamaica at Jarrett Park yesterday with more than a day to spare. It was England's first winning start to a tour since their last visit to the Caribbean in 1994.

The grandson of Caribbean legend George Headley produced figures of 4 for 14 to add to his first-innings haul of 5 for 32 after Atherton enforced the follow-on instead of keeping with established early-tour policy and opting for batting time. Routing the Jamaicans robbed England of vital cricket but Atherton did not see any point in batting again with the newly laid pitch in such poor conditions.

England, who have one more match, over four days against West Indies A before the first Test at Sabina Park starting on 29 January, will leave for Kingston tomorrow for two days of hard practice before the start of the match at Chetwin Park.

Atherton said: "The pitch was damp at the start and was an uneven surface but our batsmen worked very hard, worked out the best way to score runs on that pitch. It was a professional effort - 286 is probably worth 400 on that pitch. Quality bowlers will always be a handful on that surface. In the afternoon it picked up pace and became a dangerous pitch.

"I was pleased with all the batsmen. They looked to apply themselves. I think everybody quickly realised that it wasn't going to be a pitch or an outfield where you could get in and crash fours and score quickly. Dean Headley, Andy Caddick, Gus Fraser and Phil Tufnell all did a job.

"If the next game against West Indies A at Chetwin Park ends early then we won't have had much cricket. Hopefully it will be a good surface."

England's progress to a three-day win became dash when Jamaica's captain, Jimmy Adams, and Mario Ventura departed in successive overs early in the afternoon session.

Ventura, 33 minutes on nought, gave Headley his seventh wicket. A single later and Headley made it eight when Gareth Breese went lbw to a ball which kept low. With Jamaica at 56 for 6, England had victory in sight. Headley's ninth wicket arrived when Laurie Williams was defeated by another rasping shooter, then Caddick brushed the leg stump of Andre Coley, and the game was as good as over.

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England won toss

ENGLAND - First Innings 286 for 8 dec (G P Thorpe 89).

JAMAICA - First Innings

L V Garrick c Russell b Headley 0

R G Samuels c Russell b Headley 0

W W Hinds b Headley 18

*J C Adams b Tufnell 18

M D Ventura b Caddick 3

G Breese b Caddick 6

L R Williams lbw b Caddick 4

A N Coley c Russell b Caddick 10

B S Murphy not out 26

K Powell b Headley 0

O Richards b Headley 1

Extras (b15, lb3, nb21) 39

Total (52.5 overs) 125

Fall: 1-6, 2-10, 3-39, 4-69, 5-71, 6-75, 7-80, 8-101, 9-112.

Bowling: Caddick 13-4-24-4; Headley 17.5-5-32-5; Fraser 2-0-7-0; Tufnell 20-4-44-1.

JAMAICA - Second Innings

L V Garrick c Atherton b Headley 2

R G Samuels st Russell b Tufnell 26

W W Hinds c Russell b Caddick 5

*J C Adams c Stewart b Tufnell 9

M D Ventura b Headley 0

G Breese lbw b Headley 1

L R Williams b Headley 0

A N Coley b Caddick 7

B S Murphy c Stewart b Tufnell 22

K Powell c Atherton b Tufnell 1

O Richards not out 0

Extras (b9, lb4, nb10) 23

Total (37.1 overs) 96

Fall: 1-2, 2-21, 3-39, 4-55, 5-55, 6-56, 7-63, 8-79, 9-84.

Bowling: Headley 11-4-14-4; Fraser 5-0-19-0; Caddick 8-3-17-2; Tufnell 13.1-5-33-4.

Umpires: S A Bucknor and C Fletcher.

England bt Jamaica by an innings and 65 runs