Jamaica Scorpions have picked up wicketkeeper/batsman Denis Smith at the 2019-20 Player Draft for the West Indies domestic professional season on Friday in Antigua. 

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. 

Veteran batsman Devon Smith and all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who were the top individual performers during the recently concluded West Indies Championships, were among several players recognised for their achievements during the season.

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

The West Indies Championships recently wrapped with Guyana claiming a fifth straight title.  How much does the Zone team know about the competition? Let's see.

Farcical scenes during the recent West Indies Championship saw the Leeward Islands mistakenly declare against Barbados, thinking they could claim second place. 

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. 

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes and the Barbados Pride ended a game inside two days, both by declaring when the game did not dictate they needed to. Was the game a disservice to increasing the popularity of the game in the region?

  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.

 

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 Leeward Islands Hurricanes are keeping very slim hopes of overturning the lead of the Guyana Jaguars in the West Indies Championship with a six-wicket win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

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. 

The Guyana Jaguars are inches away from a fifth-straight West Indies Championship title after easing to a six-wicket victory over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Providence Stadium in their home country on Saturday. 

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. 

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