For the first time in 11 years, regional four-day cricket matches will be played at the Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica.

Jamaica middle-order batsman Rovman Powell slammed a brutal 106 in just 40 balls but could not prevent a 13-runs loss to the Leeward Islands, who booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup, on Sunday.

The Scorpions were set 256 to win, on the back of a patient 105 from Kieran Powell, but crucially needed to achieve the target inside 31 overs to overhaul their opponents’ NRR.  The Scorpions found their runs chase way off target after finding themselves at 25 for three in the fifth over, after losing top order batsmen Assad Fudadin, Aldane Thomas and Nkrumah Bonner.

Powell, however, kept the Scorpions in touch with an explosive display of batting, reaching his second hundred of the tournament from 38 balls with two runs into the leg-side off Quinton Boatswain.  Jamaica’s chances went up in smoke, however, when Powell was caught behind off Boatswain in the same over he got to the third hundred of his Super50 Cup career.

Boatswain was the pick of the Leewards bowlers after claiming figures of 4 for 85.

In their turn at the crease, the Leewards were in early trouble after losing opener Montcin Hodge for 10, with 27 on the board.  Amir Jangoo joined Powell at the crease, however, and pair put on a match-winning 154 for the second wicket.

The Hurricanes will play hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the second semi-final on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad capital of Port of Spain, where the first semi-final, a day earlier, will feature Group A winners Barbados Pride and either Guyana Jaguars or West Indies Emerging Players, one of which will be the runners-up in Group B.

Jamaica Scorpions off-spinner Jamie Merchant has been reported for a suspect bowling action during his side’s game against Canada last Saturday in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

Jamaica Scorpions overcame Canada with steady bowling led by Dennis Bulli and purposeful batting led by Nkrumah Bonner to clinch their third successive win in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.

Jamaica Scorpions captain Rovman Powell reminded opponents in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup that he can be a fearsome batsman who can take a game away when he slammed an unbeaten century to help his team to a four-wicket victory over Canada at Warner Park on Saturday.

A well-crafted century from Kieron Powell led the Leewards Islands to an 8-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Sunday.

Powell, the 29-year-old left-handed opener, stroked a patient 121 from 125 balls as the Hurricanes successfully chased after the 262 posted by the Scorpions in the first innings, with 26 balls remaining.

  The opener received solid support from his partner at the top of the innings, Montcin Hodge, who crafted 64 from 78 balls.  The two put on 130 for the first wicket before Amir Jangoo partnered with Powell to put 74 for the second wicket.

In their turn at the crease, Assad Fudadin was rock solid for the Scorpions at the top of the order, scoring 107 off 133 balls.  Initially, he struggled to find a reliable partner as Aldane Thomas (12), Jermaine Blackwood (7) and Andre McCarthy (9) all vanished from the crease in an expeditious fashion.  Nkrumah Bonner, however, joined Fudadin at the crease and the pair put on 133 for the fourth wicket.  Bonner was, however, agonizingly run out three-runs short of a century.  With five overs to go a lower-order collapse prevented the Scorpions from comprising a more formidable total.

Jeremiah Louis and Sheeno Berridge were the most lethal of the Leeward bowlers after claiming two wickets each.  The loss was the second in a row for the struggling Scorpions.

 

 

The Jamaica Scorpions began their 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 competition much in the same way they ended the last one, with a deplorable instance of batting that ended in defeat.

Choosing to bat, the Barbados Pride, thanks to half-centuries from Nicholas Kirton (55), and Kyle Mayers (52), as well as useful contributions from skipper Jonathan Carter (33), Tevyn Walcott (32), and Ashley Nurse (38), racked up 265 all out before bowling out the Scorpions for 190.

Pride got their runs against strong performances from Oshane Thomas, 4-52, and Andre McCarthy, 4-41

While the total for the Pride was competitive, it was certainly gettable but when McCarthy joined Aldaine Thomas at the crease with the Scorpions at 38-2, things looked interesting.

Thomas would go on to score 41 to leave the Scorpions in a better position at 81-3 but McCarthy would begin to lose partners at regular intervals after that.

Nkrumah Bonner, 5, skipper Rovman Powell, 1, Derval Green, 3, and Jamie Merchant, 3, all fell in quick succession, before McCarthy’s resistance, 95 from just 83 deliveries was broken by a Chemar Holder delivery.

McCarthy had struck six fours and five sixes before he got out, leaving Markino Mindley and Christopher Lamont to make up the deficit.

It was a bridge too far, as Lamont could only manage four while Thomas failed to trouble the scorers. Mindley was left high and dry on seven.

The Pride benefitted from the bowling of Nurse, who took 4-26, and Chemar Holder, who took 3-37, and Joshua Bishop, 2-54. There was just one wicket for Miguel Cummins, who ended with 1-18

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) will, in short order, be advertising for the post of a head coach for the Jamaica Scorpions after losing Robert Haynes to regional duty. 

Former Jamaica Scorpions skipper, the recently retired Nikita Miller, believes the Scorpions’ woes in the West Indies Championship stem from poor club seasons. 

Brandon King slammed a second first-class hundred, but it failed to ignite the Jamaica Scorpions second innings batting as Trinidad & Tobago Red Force completed a season sweep over them to bring the curtain down on the 2018-19 West Indies Championship with an 85-run victory on Sunday.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force-Jamaica Scorpions West Indies Championship match, the final of the season, could be headed for a draw, though all three results are still on the table. 

  A bizarre second innings declaration by Leeward Islands Hurricanes captured the headlines and overshadowed a brilliant spell from Jamaica Scorpions pacer Nicholson Gordon in the West Indies Championship on Friday.

The Hurricanes, trailing by 101 on first innings, declared their second innings on 83 for two about 40 minutes after lunch on the second day of their rescheduled fourth round match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, thus conceding defeat and handing Barbados Pride an innings and 18 runs victory.

More importantly, Hurricanes’ bid to hold onto second place in the Championship failed, as the result moved the Pride into that position on 134.2 points, a mere 0.2 more than their hosts, who will secure third place, regardless of the outcome in the other match taking place.

In that game, Gordon followed up his destruction of the Red Force top-order batting the previous day by leading the demolition of the bottom half, finishing with career-best figures, before the Scorpions’ stayed in contention with defiant batting before stumps were drawn on the second day of their rescheduled first round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

Opener Montcin Hodge was not out on 40, carrying his aggregate for the season to 711 and second only to the 745 of veteran Windward Islands Volcanoes left-hander opener Devon Smith, and Akeem Saunders was not out on five when the decision to declare was taken.

The Hurricanes had lost Keacy Carty caught at second slip off Marquino Mindley for four in the second over, and almost an hour later, Devon Thomas was caught at first slip off Keon Harding for 21 and were probably looking to rebuild before their bizarre decision.  Earlier, starting the day on 154 for four, the Pride declared their first innings after the first 45 minutes’ play.

Captain Shamarh Brooks finished with the top score of 82, after resuming on 79, and overnight partner, Windies wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich was dismissed without adding to his overnight 28.

Keon Harding made 21 and was only one of the remaining batsmen that got into double figures, as Windies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph ended with 4-28 from 12.5 overs and his captain, champion off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finished with 3-86 to end with a Championship-high 54 wickets.

 

An unbeaten knock of 89 from Jason Mohammed and half centuries from Kyle Hope and Jeremy Solozano saw the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force close on 338 for 5 at stumps on Day One of their West Indies Championships match against the Jamaica Scorpions at the Briana Lara Cricket Academy on Thursday.

Marquino Mindley proved the hero as Barbados Pride secured a nervous two-wicket win over Jamaica Scorpions, after rash batting late on left the West Indies Championship encounter at Sabina Park in the balance on Sunday.

Entering the day needing just 157 to win, Barbados seemed well on their way to a comfortable win after a half century from Shamar Brooks, who made 71 from 146, put the team in pole position. 

Brooks, who came to the crease following the departure of opener Shayne Mosely (3), was a steadying influence as wickets fell at regular intervals.  He was the central part of key middle order partnerships with Jonathan Carter (6), Roston Chase (18) and Shamar Springer (18).  He was, however, eventually bowled by Nikita Miller to leave the team at 143 for 6.

 With just 14 runs remaining to get, however, it seemed the Pride would have little trouble coasting to the line. 

The quick dismissals of Tevyn Walcott (6), who caught by Nicholas Gordon off the bowling of Akim Frazer (0) and Keon Harding, who was bowled by Nikita Miller, left the team in a tenuous position.  Mindley, however, made a determined 12 from 11 deliveries to see the Pride over the line.  At the other end Miguel Cummins was not out on 2.

Frazer and Miller each claimed three wickets apiece for the Scorpions.

The Jamaica Scorpions have highlighted why they are at the bottom of the West Indies Championship standings after poor batting displays have left them with just 157 runs to defend against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park. 

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