Hurricane bowlers set up intriguing final day with Scorpions

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Leeward Islands Hurricanes Captain Rahkeem Cornwall led a lion-hearted effort from the bowling attack yesterday to leave his side with a final-day chase of 302 for victory against Jamaica Scorpions in the Regional Four-Day championship.

The burly Cornwall collected 4-32 from 29 overs with his high-class off spin, and fast-medium bowlers Sheeno Berridge and Jeremiah Louis shared five wickets as the Scorpions were bowled out for 191 in their second innings just before the close, on the third day of their fourth-round match at Warner Park.

Derval Green, batting at seven, led the way for the Scorpions with 51 that included nine fours from 48 balls in just over an hour at the crease.

A few others got starts without carrying on, as the unreliability of the Scorpions' batting once again reared its head — their Captain Nikita Miller scored 26, opener Garth Garvey made 23, left-handed opening partner John Campbell got 22, and Damion Jacobs was not out on 20.

Berridge scalped 3-47 from 12.3 overs and Louis 2-47 from 15 overs to complete the demolition of the Scorpions' second-innings batting.

Miller, playing his first match of the season, had finished with 5-56 from 28.4 overs with his left-arm spin and Jacobs supported with 3-35 from 20 overs, as the Hurricanes were dismissed for 232 inside the first hour to hand the visitors a 110-run, first-innings lead.

Campbell then gave the Scorpions a typical rollicking start before he edged to the 'keeper off Berridge just before the visitors reached 41 for one at lunch.

After the interval, just when it looked like Garvey was getting into the swing of things, Louis also had him caught behind and Cornwall followed up in the next over to dismiss Brandon King for a three-ball duck, leaving Scorpions 55 for three.

They sunk to 73 for five, when Cornwall removed Assad Fudadin for 16 and former United States Captain Steven Taylor for one before Louis left them wobbling on 99 for six, when he trapped first-innings batting hero Paul Palmer lbw for nine.

Scorpions — fifth in the standings on 18.2 points — have so far earned three batting points, three bowling points, and 0.2 pace bowling points. The Hurricanes are third on 38.6 and have so far added three bowling points, one batting point plus two pace bowling points.

In another game in Kingstown, St Vincent, veteran off-spinner Shane Shillingford claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season and the 38th of his career to help Windward Islands Volcanoes claw their way back into their fourth-round contest against Barbados Pride.

Trailing by 138 on first innings after being dismissed for 222, the hosts hit back to leave Pride on 148 for nine in their second innings at the close — a lead of 286 heading into today's final day at Arnos Vale.

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