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Palmer blasts batsmen after narrowly avoiding defeat against Pride

Senior staff reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paul Palmer, captain for the Jamaica Scorpions for the first three rounds of the regional four-day championship, says the batting was a disappointment during the drawn clash at Sabina Park against Barbados Pride over the weekend.

The left-handed middle order batsman Palmer, who made 12 not out in the first innings made an unbeaten 32 to steer the Scorpions to 98-6 in their second innings after the Pride had crafted a 128-run first-innings lead in the severely rain-hit day/night encounter.

Scores: Scorpions 176-8 decl (57.2 overs) & 98-6 (48 overs); Pride 304-7 decl (93.4 overs).

Left-hander Jonathan Carter hit 103 to lead the Pride in their first-innings reply. In the Scorpions' first innings, left-hand opener John Campbell top-scored with 44 against Pride medium pacer Kevin Stoute, who claimed 4-58.

“We are disappointed because we were batting on a wicket that's not difficult to bat on. We struggled; we just made poor decisions at important times and we just have to improve on that,” Palmer told the Jamaica Observer in a post-match interview.

“The wicket was alright and I don't see why we shouldn't be able to bat as long as we wanted. Yes, the wicket had bounce and there was spin, but it's true for the most part,” the stand-in captain said.

With wickets tumbling all around him, Palmer said it was important for him to keep the batting together, particularly in the second innings.

“It was important for a batter to bat deep into this innings because we were behind the eighth ball and we were looking to draw the game. It was important for one of us to put up our hands, and I think I applied myself well and concentrated long enough to get the team over the line for the draw,” he explained.

Barbados Pride resumed Sunday's final day on 111-2 and reached 304-7 declared.

Carter hit 10 fours and one six off 186 balls for his fourth first class hundred, while support came from left-hand opener Shayne Moseley (50). Scorpions medium pacer Derval Green, who bowled a tidy line and length, finished with 2-59.

Trailing by 128 runs, the Scorpions slumped to 89-6 and appeared in danger of falling to an innings defeat, despite only 32 overs and three balls possible over the first two days due to sustained rainfall.

Palmer, however, saved the day with solid batting during his 100-ball knock.

Pride left-arm finger spinner Jomel Warrican, who bowled with accuracy and guile, was the chief destroyer with 3-22.

The Scorpions, who next play Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park in St Kitts starting Thursday, are fifth in the six-team table with 18.2 points. The Hurricanes are third with 38.6 points, behind title-holders and leaders Guyana Jaguars (46.6) and second-placed Trinidad & Tobago Red Force (41.4). Barbados (23.2) are fourth, while Windward Islands Volcanoes (15.6) are last.