Scorpions claim enthralling one-wicket win over Hurricanes

By February 02, 2019
Jerome Taylor Jerome Taylor

There was just one wicket in it when the Jamaica Scorpions got over the line in their West Indies Championship game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park in St Kitts. 

Chasing just 157 for victory, the Scorpions had to depend on a boundary from Jerome Taylor, who was facing his first delivery with the team nine wickets down for victory.

In truth, the Scorpions tried to lose a game they should have had in control on more than one occasion.

First, they bowled well after sending the Hurricanes into bat, restricting them to 204, despite Jahmar Hamilton’s 65.

Jerome Taylor was the pick of the Scorpions bowlers in that first innings, grabbing 5-28. He was well supported by Rovman Powell, 2-37, Derval Green, 2-25, and Kenroy Williams, 1-53.

But then the Scorpions were careless in their response, ending all out for 190, despite being in a  fairly comfortable position at 134-4.

Jermaine Blackwood scored majority runs for the Scorpions in that innings with 69, but Paul Palmer Jr and Rovman Powell’s failures hamstrung the innings, leaving Taylor to produce a cameo of 25 at the end to take the scores close.

Starting over, the Scorpions again bowled well, restricting the Hurricanes to 142, thanks, not for the first time, to Taylor, who bagged 4-31. He again received help from his teammates, as Powell took 3-43 and Green, 2-31.

With just 157 needed for victory, the Scorpions struggled, getting to 86-4, but when they got to 117 without further loss, they looked to have the game back in their control. Even at 136-6, they should have been in the driver’s seat, but the wickets of Fudadin, who had scored a patient 30, and Green, one, left them at 154-8, three runs short of victory and two wickets away from losing. A loss was out of the picture by the time Denis Bulli, one, got out with the scores tied at 156.

Enter Taylor, who without a sighter, found the boundary to give the Scorpions another much-needed win.

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