Cricket

Desperate Scorpions go in search of first win

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


JAMAICA Scorpions will be desperate to get a win under their belts when they oppose Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies four-day cricket match at National Cricket Stadium in St George's, Grenada.

The fifth-round contest is scheduled to begin today at 9:00 am (Jamaica time).

The Scorpions, last in the six-franchise league table with 14.4 points, have lost their opening three games of the four-day championship, including to the third-placed Volcanoes (42.8 points) at Sabina Park earlier this month.

In that encounter, the Scorpions had a handy 97-run first-innings lead before slumping to a five-wicket defeat to the Volcanoes, who are coached by Jamaican Andre Coley.

Robert Haynes, the Scorpions interim head coach, hopes his team can turn things around in this weekend's return fixture.

“Our mission is to get points, and further, to win that match. They beat us in Jamaica, we saw their team [and] we know what they have,” he said before the team's departure on Monday.

Haynes, who officially took over the role at the start of January, had lambasted his team after back-to-back tepid performances at home against the Volcanoes and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

The Scorpions' other loss — a humiliating 41-run capitulation away to Barbados Pride in December — came under the guidance of Haynes' predecessor, Robert Samuels.

Haynes identified the batting and fielding as two areas of main concern.

Guyanese-born left-hander Assad Fudadin has been the lone consistent batsman for the Scorpions so far this season, scoring 81, 48 and 35 not out in three of his four innings.

“Our players have to assess the situation and apply themselves. The team needs to occupy the crease for much longer, frustrate their bowlers and make runs. It can be done.

“The bowling has been exceptional, but the letdown is in the field; the catching has been bad,” the Scorpions coach said, while noting the need for better concentration in the batting and fielding departments.

The Scorpions made three changes to their 13-man squad from the last game.

Batsman Brandon King and skilful medium pacer Derval Green return from injury, while experienced fast bowler Jerome Taylor is back into the four-day set-up since last playing a first-class match in April 2017.

The players left behind are all-rounder Rovman Powell, veteran spin bowler Nikita Miller and young fast bowler Oshane Thomas. Powell is out due to injury, while Miller and Thomas are rested with an eye on workload management.

Miller, who has captured 24 wickets in three matches, could be a big miss, but Captain Paul Palmer is optimistic that the Scorpions' bowling remains a menacing unit.

“We've lost the experienced Miller, but Taylor comes with a wealth of that too. King will certainly strengthen our batting and we have Derval Green back from injury. It's just for us to apply ourselves and execute a winning plan,” Palmer explained.

Four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars lead the table with 80.2 points, ahead of second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes (43.6). Barbados Pride (29.8) are fourth, while the Red Force (28) are fifth.

Squad: Paul Palmer (captain), Oraine Williams, Chadwick Walton, Assad Fudadin, Brandon King, Kenroy Williams, Aldaine Thomas, Derval Green, Jerome Taylor, Reynard Leveridge, Dennis Bulli, Jermaine Levy, Andre McCarthy.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT