Scorpions must execute team plans against Jaguars — Haynes

Senior staff reporter

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Jamaica Scorpions interim Head Coach Robert Haynes says his players have to execute team plans if they are to defeat leaders Guyana Jaguars in the West Indies four-day cricket match at Sabina Park, starting today.

The four-time defending champions, top of the six-franchise league table with 112.4 points from seven matches, beat the Scorpions by seven wickets in Guyana earlier this month.

But the Scorpions — fifth with 59 points from six matches — had the upper hand for much of that encounter and even held a 37-run first-innings lead before an abysmal second-innings collapse left the Rayon Griffith-coached Jaguars with a relatively easy run chase.

Chasing the Jaguars are second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes with 83.2 points, followed by Windward Islands Volcanoes (75), Barbados Pride (73.6). Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are last with 58.8 points.

“We have to stick to the plan, [but] unfortunately in Guyana we didn't stick to the plan in the second innings,” Haynes said yesterday.

The Scorpions had lost their opening three games of the season but thereafter won two in a row to provide hope they had turned their season around. However, the manner of the loss to the Jaguars last time out emphasised their inconsistent performances this season.

Haynes said the Scorpions are playing “hot and cold cricket”, in reference to occasions when they have batted well in the first innings only to flop in the second.

“The batsmen have to improve if we are going to be more competitive. We need to get big partnerships…of over 100 runs,” the Scorpions coached stressed.

The Scorpions have included off-spinner Akim Fraser in the squad to face the Jaguars. And though the pitch had an ample covering of grass and should favour the seam bowlers, recent history at Sabina Park suggests the slow bowlers will also get some assistance.

Fraser is eager to make his first-class debut.

“It's something I've been looking forward to for a very long time. Every kid growing up dreams to represent their country. I'll go out and give 100 per cent and hopefully help the Scorpions to victory in this game,” he said.

The Jaguars Captain Leon Johnson noted the pitch is far different than what they are used to in Guyana.

“We've seen the pitch here, it's much different from Guyana, [and] we've known that from playing many years here at Sabina Park. The conditions are a little different; the ball does a bit more. I expect them to come hard with the seamers,” he said while adding that his versatile squad is well equipped for the conditions.

West Indies former batting great Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with the Jaguars in the position of interim assistant coach, says he will be imparting all he can to help the visitors to victory.

“I'm definitely excited to be a part of the coaching staff, trying to help and pass on whatever I've learned from all the international cricket I've played around the world…to help them to develop and get better,” he said.

Squads: Scorpions — Paul Palmer (captain), Oraine Williams, Chadwick Walton, Brandon King, Assad Fudadin, Jermaine Blackwood, Aldaine Thomas, Derval Green, Jerome Taylor, Akim Fraser, Reynard Leveridge, Kenroy Williams, Dennis Bulli.

Jaguars — Leon Johnson (captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Vishaul Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Raymon Reifer, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Clinton Pestano, Keon Joseph, Romario Shepherd.

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