Nikita Miller return can’t save Scorpions, Pride no match for champions elect

By March 04, 2019
Jamaica Scorpions spinner NIkita Miller Jamaica Scorpions spinner NIkita Miller

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes continued to win over the weekend in the hopes they could catch a slipping Guyana Jaguars, however the defending champions have not slowed with a big win over the Barbados Pride. 

The Hurricanes, playing against the Jamaica Scorpions, who have looked a team on the improve recently, ran out 134-run winners at Sabina Park in Kingston.

Sent into bat, the Hurricanes struggled to 210 all out thanks to a returning Nikita Miller, who bamboozled them to end with figures of 7-50. Devon Thomas, 65, and Jahmar Hamilton, 43, were the only batsmen to offer any resistance.

Again, the Scorpions batting did not help their bowling, getting just a 40 run lead, thanks in large part to Brandon King’s 95 and Jermaine Blackwood’s 45. Paul Palmer Jr, 34, and Gordon Bryan, 23, were the other ‘major’ contributors against Rahkeem Cornwall, 6-60. Sheno Berridge had 2-59 in support, while Quinton Boatswain, 1-35, and Terrance Ward, 1-1, had a wicket apiece.

Those 40 runs did not amount to a lead of significance, as Keacy Carty, 68, Thomas, 65, Cornwall, 52, and Kieran Powell, 54, pushed the Hurricanes to 312 against Miller, 4-95, Bryan, 3-65, and Akim Frazer, 3-82.

Chasing 273 for victory, the Scorpions again batted poorly and never got close.

King, 31, was again the top scorer, the Scorpions struggling to 138, against the bowling of Berridge, 4-40, Cornwall, 2-32, Damion Jacobs, 2-22 and Ward, 2-2.

Over at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, the Barbados Pride got it all kinds of wrong. Choosing to bat, the Pride were skittled out for 76 thanks to Raymon Reifer’s 5-20 and Christopher Barnwell’s 2-26. Romario Shepherd, 1-17, Sherfane Rutherford, 1-10, and Veerasammy Permaul, 1-0, were also great support. Permaul bowled just one delivery for his figures.

The Jaguars weren’t brilliant with the bat, but they never had to be, Reifer scoring an unbeaten 52 to lead them to 201 against the bowling of Jonathan Carter, 4-52.

Miguel Cummins with 2-51, Marquino Mindley with 2-35, and a wicket apiece for Shamar Springer, 1-11, and Jomel Warrican, 1-27 were also dangerous.

Facing a deficit of 123, the Pride could only manage 238, led by Shayne Moseley’s 64 and valuable contributions from Shamarh Brooks, 44, and Carter, 47.

The trio were up against Reifer, who this time around had 4-22, and Permaul, who bagged 4-62.  

Of course, a lead of 115 was never going to be enough and the Jaguars rushed to victory in just 29 overs, led in large part by Chandrapaul Hemraj’s 51. Leon Johnson, 20 and Barnwell, brought things home for the Jaguars, who are again looking like champions.

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