Bonner's 97 and Palmer's 66 rescue hapless Scorpions at Sabina

By March 07, 2019

Half-centuries from Nkrumah Bonner and Paul Palmer spared the Jamaica Scorpions blushes on the opening day of their West Indies Championship match against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Bonner scored 97 and Palmer 66 as both featured in a seventh-wicket stand of 169 that rescued the Scorpions from a disastrous position of 27 for 5 at the start of the 14th over of the innings.

Sent in to bat by the visitors, the Scorpions found themselves in a crisis early when Miguel Cummins had Gareth Garvey caught for one in the third over. Marquino Mindley got the first of his three wickets with the penultimate ball of the next over, dismissing Kennar Lewis for six.

Brandon King was the next to go, trapped lbw by Mindley for a duck to have the Scorpions tottering at 13 for three in the eighth over.  It was soon 15 for four when Jermaine Blackwood hit a Mindley delivery to Johnathan Carter. He made five.

Fudadin and Palmer managed to put together a stand of 12, the largest of the innings to that point but before they could add a 13th run, Fudadin offered a catch to Mindley from the bowling of Shamar Springer and was out for one.

At 27 for five, the Scorpions were staring the possibility of their lowest score of the season squarely in the face. However, Palmer and Bonner mounted a patient fightback that took 379 balls. After 63 overs of toil, the Pride finally broke the stand when Roston Chase induced Palmer to offer a catch to Carter.

His 66 consumed 204 balls during which he struck six fours and a six.

Bonner was denied a deserved century when he was given out lbw to Carter for a 97 compiled from 202 balls. He hit 13 boundaries.

From 214 for 7, Derval Green and (8) and Jerome Taylor (4) have added four by the time stumps were drawn.

Mindley was the best bowler on the day taking 3 for 36.



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