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Scorpions facing defeat against Hurricanes at tea

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com
Monday, March 20, 2017


The Jamaica Scorpions were left on the back foot on 82-7 at the tea interval, still needing a further 67 runs for victory against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on day three of their historic day/night Digicel regional four-day match at Sabina Park yesterday.

Jermaine Blackwood and Jerome Taylor were unbeaten on 36 and 10, respectively. Jeremiah Louis, who took four for four runs in the first innings, has so far grabbed four for 23, and was aided by young West Indies seamer Alzarri Joseph (2-30) in inflicting the damage with the ball.

Should the Scorpions survive the night, they would resume batting today at 3:00 pm.

The Scorpions were set a victory of 149 after the Hurricanes, who held a slender 15-run first-innings lead on Saturday, were bowled out for 133 in their second innings yesterday.

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Four bowlers took two wickets each in the Scorpions bowling attack. First innings hero Jerome Taylor (2-21), Rovman Powell (2-12), leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-28), and Captain Nikita Miller (2-43) shared the wickets.

Scores: Leeward Islands Hurricanes 71 all out (34.4) & 133 (50 overs); Jamaica Scorpions 56 (29.1 overs) & 82-7 (26 overs).

It was a slightly better batting display by the Hurricanes yesterday, as they resumed their second innings in bright sunshine from an overnight score of 32-5 with Jason Campbell on two and wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton on four.

This followed Saturday’s entertaining second day which saw 25 wickets falling, as the batsmen on both teams struggled to effectively navigate the swing and uneven bounce of the pitch.

Campbell and Hamilton added 25 to the overnight total, as the Hurricanes progressed to 56, before Miller had the former caught by Shacoya Thomas for 18.

Rahkeem Cornwall, who batted carefully when posting a top score of 29 in the first innings, had a brief stay this time around, as he was trapped in front by Marquino Mindley for five with the score at 63.

However, Hamilton and Louis orchestrated a match-high 63-run, eighth-wicket partnership to lead the recovery mission in assisting their team to post what has turned out to be a competitive total under the circumstances.

The attacking Hamilton slammed five fours on his way to a top score of 45, before being adjudged leg-before-wicket to Jacobs.

It was 127-9 when Gavin Tonge was bowled by Miller for nought, before Jacobs wrapped up the innings shortly before lunch when he had Louis (23) stumped by Chadwick Walton. Louis had two boundaries in his innings.

The Scorpions’ run chase started positively with openers Walton (eight) and Shacoya Thomas (two) seeing off the remaining overs to lunch with the score at 11 without loss.

However, both batsmen fell in quick succession with Walton being the first to go caught in the slip cordon by Cornwall to Tonge, who took 4-16 in the first innings.

Joseph had Thomas trapped in front and delivered a beautiful inswinger which sent Andre McCarthy (zero) on his way immediately after to sit on a hat-trick and leave the hosts in some trouble at 15-3.

Blackwood and Brandon King (17) added 27 for the fourth wicket, but the latter perished soon after when he played back to a delivery from Louis that kept low and was adjudged leg-before-wicket.

Devon Thomas (zero), Rovman Powell (one) and Damion Jacobs (one) all fell cheaply to the pace of Louis, as the Hurricanes closed in on victory with the score at 67-7.

But Blackwood and Taylor were composed in going about their business leading to the break.

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