Hodge, Edwards, Cato half-centuries help Volcanoes to fighting victory over Scorpions

By January 07, 2019
Kirk Edwards Kirk Edwards

No home team managed to find a win in this round of the West Indies Championship, with the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park, failing to hold their advantage over the Windward Islands Volcanoes on the final day. 

The Volcanoes would end five-wicket winners after half-centuries from Roland Cato, 54, Kirk Edwards, 76, and Kavem Hodge, 59 not out, paved the way for what had seemed like an unlikely five-wicket victory.

Choosing to bat, the Scorpions were bowled out for 210 with Chadwick Walton scoring 52, and Assad Fudadin scoring 81, against the bowling of Hodge, 4-40, Larry Edward, 2-64, and Josh Thomas, 2-42. There were wickets for Ray Jordan, 1-21, and Alich Athanaze, 1-9.

When the Volcanoes replied, there was a massive setback, with the Scorpions bowling them out for 113 mostly due to Rovman Powell’s 5-23. Oshane Thomas took 2-37, Reynard Leveridge took 1-9, Nikita Miller, 1-31, and Fabian Allen 1-9.

With a  lead of 97, the Scorpions should have really pushed their advantage but found it difficult to against Josh Thomas, who took 4-44, and Hodge 2-34. Larry Edward also had two wickets, ending with figures of 2-39, while Sherman Lewis had 2-26.

Fudadin was again solid, scoring 45, while Jermaine Blackwood, 35, and Aldaine Thomas, 31, got starts they never made good on. The innings ended at 189, giving the Scorpions a 286-run lead.

While that lead wasn’t the biggest, the trend of the game suggested the Scorpions were in the ascendency.

They weren’t.

Devon Smith started with an innings of 44 and a 33-run partnership with Taryck Gabriel, 19.

Cato joined Smith in a 68-run partnership that went a long way to breaking the hold the Scorpions had on the game.

The real back-breaker though, was a 99-run partnership between Edwards and Hodge.

The Volcanoes would end on 289-5

Powell would end up with figures of 2-48 and was the best bowler for the Scorpions.

John Campbell toiled for 20.4 overs, taking 1-67, while Nikita Miller had figures of 1-83 from all of 41 overs.

Oshane Thomas had 1-42, while Reynard Leveridge ended with 0-42.

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