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Officials inspecting Sabina Park after pitch deemed unsafe

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Match officials are set to make a second pitch inspection at 12:50 pm in the fourth-round West Indies four-day cricket match between Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park.

After 20 minutes of action, play was halted at 10:20 am on Thursday's first morning due to complaints that the pitch was not safe for batting.

The Scorpions won the toss and sent the Red Force to bat first in sunny conditions on a surface with live grass.

Both openers Kyle Hope (two) and left-hander Jeremy Solozano (11) went caught to pace bowler Oshane Thomas while playing at short deliveries outside the off stump.

But play was soon stopped when the umpires heeded calls from the batsmen that the bounce was not true. The not out batsmen are left-hander Darren Bravo, on six not out, Jason Mohammed, who is yet to face a ball.

There was a previous inspection at 11:20 am after which ground staff did some work on the surface.

The previous cricket match at Sabina Park ended on Monday, with no complaints about dangerous bounce on that pitch. However, the ground staff had only Tuesday and Wednesday to finalise preparation on an adjacent strip being used for the current match.

Both teams are rooted at the foot of the six-team league table.

The Red Force are fifth with 10.2 points, while the Scorpions are last with 9.8.


Scorpions- Paul Palmer (captain), Assad Fudadin, Reynard Leveridge, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Rovman Powell, Aldaine Thomas, Oshane Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Kenroy Williams, Oraine Williams.

Red Force- Denesh Ramdin (captain), Darren Bravo, Yannic Cariah, Kyle Hope, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Odean Smith, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St Clair. Sanjay Myers

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