West Indies opener John Campbell showed signs of form with his fourth first-class hundred of 101 to lead a fight-back for hosts Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park after they were forced to follow on against Windward Islands Volcanoes, 167 behind on first innings.

Half-centuries of Kavem Hodge and Devon Smith have put the Windward Islands Volcanoes in a strong position of 314 for 5 at stumps at Sabina Park on day one of the Regional Four-Day Championships.

Nkrumah Bonner, Jamie Merchant and Oraine Williams have been recalled to the Jamaica Scorpions squad for their second-round CWI 4-Day PCL match against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park starting on Thursday.

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. 

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