Scorpions brace for intense battle against Pride

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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JAMAICA Scorpions are bracing for an intense battle when they oppose hosts Barbados Pride in the West Indies four-day championship clash at Three Ws Oval, starting today.

While the Scorpions were inactive for last weekend's first-round matches, the Pride slumped to a 34-run loss to less-fancied Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Three Ws Oval.

However, former Scorpions Captain Nikita Miller told the Jamaica Observer that the traditional rivalry between them and the Pride will outweigh the significance of the form of the teams.

He also noted that opening batsman Kraigg Braithwaite and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Jomel Warrican are likely to feature after returning from West Indies Test duties in Bangladesh.

“I know that they are coming off a loss in their first game. But that will mean nothing when we come up against them; their team might change because they have Test players coming back who might be available for this game,” left-arm finger spinner Miller, 36, said.

“Every time we play against Barbados, [even if] there is nothing in the game [it is competitive]. Recently we played in the Super50 [tournament], and they had no chance of getting through and they played one of their best games. We lost that game, so we know that when we come up against Barbados, regardless of the form they are in or the 11 that they put out on the park, it will be a tough game. We're in a good place and hopefully we can start with a bang,” said the Scorpions' premier spin bowler.

The 26-year-old Paul Palmer, reappointed skipper after Miller stepped aside, is also mindful of the Barbados Pride challenge.

“The mindset is the same as any cricket game we're going in to win. The main focus is to come away with maximum points from that game,” he told the Observer.

“We just have to try and execute our plans to ensure that happens. It's usually a tough game. Usually a hard-fought game, they are rivals so we just have to go there and execute,” Palmer explained.

Recent history is on the side of the Pride. They have won four of the last eight meetings between the teams in four-day cricket, including three times at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

The Scorpions' last victory against the Barbados franchise was four years ago, also at Kensington.

Squads:

Scorpions Paul Palmer (captain), John Campbell, Chadwick Walton, Jermaine Blackwood, Andre McCarthy, Kenroy Williams, Aldaine Thomas, Derval Green, Jermaine Levy, Nikita Miller, Reynard Leveridge, Steven Taylor, Dennis Bulli.

Pride Shamarh Brooks (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shayne Moseley, Tevyn Walcott, Keon Harding, Shamar Springer, Jomel Warrican, Hayden Walsh, Miguel Cummins, Justin Greaves, Chemar Holder, Aaron Jones.

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