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UPDATE: Scorpions 16-0 in reply to Red Force 243

Thursday, December 07, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Scorpions shrugged off the absence of ace left-arm finger spinner Nikita Miller to peg back Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, and seize the upper hand on the opening day of the sixth-round regional four-day match at Sabina Park.

The Scorpions part-time off-spinner John Campbell did well in the quest to fill Miller's shoes. He claimed 4-40 as the Red Force were bowled out for 243 on Thursday. Medium pacer Derval Green captured 4-45 from 19 overs.

The major Red Force resistance came from left-hand opener Jeremy Solozano, who made a patient 62, and middle-order batsman Ewart Nicholson, who contributed a stroke-filled 50.

At the close, the Scorpions were 16 without loss, still 227 runs behind the visitors. Left-hand openers Campbell and Trevon Griffith are unbeaten on 14 and two, respectively.

Scores: Red Force 243 (82.5 ovs); Scorpions 16-0 (5 ovs)

Earlier, it appeared life without Captain Miller — who tallied an astounding 23 wickets in his last two four-day matches before being summoned for West Indies duty — would have been very difficult for the Scorpions given the positive start by the Red Force.

After winning the toss and deciding to take first strike on a pitch that looked good for batting, the Red Force were 167-2 at one stage before the Scorpions fought back in the afternoon sessions.

Scorpions—Paul Palmer (captain), John Campbell, Trevon Griffith, Assad Fudadin, Brandon King, Fabian Allen, Aldane Thomas (wicketkeeper), Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Odean Smith, Reynard Leveridge.

Red Force—Denesh Ramdin (captain), Jeremy Solozano, Amir Jangoo (wicketkeeper), Yannic Cariah, Ewart Nicholson, Tion Webster, Roshon Primus, Imran Khan, Khary Pierre, Bryan Charles, Daniel St Clair.

Sanjay Myers