Blackwood revels in maiden century milestone

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GROS-ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – Emerging Jamaican batsman Jermaine Blackwood has described as a “big achievement” his maiden first-class hundred which helped Jamaica earn the coveted Headley/Weekes Trophy.

Blackwood, 22, scored 118 as Jamaica took first innings from Windward Islands to secure the trophy on the last day of the Regional Four-Day final at the Beausejour Cricket Field on Tuesday.
His second-innings knock included 15 fours and two sixes which propped up the Jamaican second-innings score of 200.
“It’s a big achievement for me because it was my first hundred,” declared Blackwood, who represented Jamaica in regional Under-19 competition.
“This one is for my family and friends back home and all the players who had confidence in me that I can do it and I went out there and did it.”
The promising Jamaican middle-order batsman was also one of the key architects of his team’s huge first-innings score of 392 falling four runs short of a century.
“I believe in my ability and I know what I can do and what I am capable of. I got out in the first innings playing a careless shot,” Blackwood admitted.
“I know once I went out in the second innings and bat sometime, play each ball on its merit, I will certainly get the hundred. As you can see I went out there and put in the work and the hundred came so I thank God for that”.
Blackwood, who has been prolific at the Gros-Islet playing field, says he has been achieving targets for the season.
“I set myself some targets before I came in. I set myself to make 500 runs for the first class season and as you can see I surpass that and that is a good achievement,” said Blackwood who scored a double century at the Gross Islet playing field representing Jamaica in regional Under-19 cricket.
“I should have gotten more centuries. I have to work harder next season and hopefully I can get more centuries.”