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Scorpions on the backfoot as Pride pacers strike

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados Pride pace quartet of Chemar Holder, Keon Harding, Justin Greaves and Dominic Drakes brought to life a pedestrian day with hostile bowling in the final hour to put Jamaica Scorpions on the backfoot, in the Regional Four-Day championship yesterday here.

Extracting pace and bounce from the hard, true Kensington Oval pitch, the quarter rattled the Scorpions' top order, claiming the prized scalp of West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood, and reduced the visitors to 93 for three, replying to Pride's first-innings total of 427 at the close on the second day of their 10th and final-round match.

This followed close to five hours of dour play from the Pride batting, which featured a career-best 166 from their Captain Shamarh Brooks before they were bowled out about half-hour after tea.

No other Pride batsman reached 50, but overnight batsman Jonathan Carter made 36 and left-hander Drakes, batting at eight, hit a brisk 33.

Scorpions' batsmen approached their task with typical flair, but this hardly deterred the young Pride quartet and, cheered on by the modest but enthusiastic crowd, they reaped rewards.

Holder made the breakthrough, when John Campbell was caught off the top edge for 16 by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, running to gully, from a miscued pull at a short ball.

Three overs later, Andre McCarthy was caught behind for three off Harding for three, to leave Scorpions 38 for two.

Blackwood came to the crease and gave as good as he got from the pacers. He collected three boundaries from the first four deliveries he faced — all from Harding — and followed up with three more two overs later, debutant Drakes' first.

Walton, who has played club matches in recent years here, kept his end going with a few meaty strokes of his own, including a rasping straight drive off Holder.

But the pacers kept coming and continued to beat the bat, hit the batsman's pad, and every now again produced the nasty rising delivery. Blackwood's never-back-down attitude proved his undoing, when he tried to flat bat Greaves and was bowled off a thick inside edge for 39.

With the shadows steadily encroaching, umpires Leslie Reifer Jr and Mike Burns offered Walton, not out on 26, and Paul Palmer, not out on nought, a reprieve, offering them light with 2.2 overs remaining.

Pride entered the match second in the table on 94.6 points and have so far earned two batting points, one bowling point and 0.6 pace bowling points, while Scorpions, starting third on 91 points, have so far gained no points.

Scoreboard

PRIDE 1st Innings
(overnight 261 for two)

K Brathwaite c Allen b Campbell 32
S Moseley c Palmer b McCarthy 79
*S Brooks lbw b Johnson 166
J Carter lbw b Green 36
R Chase lbw b Mindley 10
+S Dowrich c wkpr Walton b Green 12
J Greaves c Blackwood b Miller 15
D Drakes b Lamont 33
J Warrican c and b Lamont 19
K Harding not out 1
C Holder lbw b Miller 0
Extras (b6, lb4, w8, nb6) 24
TOTAL (all out, 158.2 overs) 427
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-165, 3-262, 4-285, 5-316, 6-368, 7-394, 8-423, 9-426
Bowling: Green 23.5-6-50-2 (w8); Lamont 26-9-70-2; Mindley 24-2-83-1 (nb6); Miller 41.2-16-83-2; Campbell 14-2-62-2; Powell 16-6-34-0; McCarthy 12-2-35-1; Blackwood 1-1-0-0

SCORPIONS 1st Innings

J Campbell c wkpr Dowrich b Holder 16
+C Walton not out 26
A McCarthy c wkpr Dowrich b Harding 3
J Blackwood b Greaves 39
P Palmer not out 0

Extras (b4, lb2, w1, nb2) 9

TOTAL (3 wkts, 16.4 overs) 93

R Powell, F Allen, D Green, C Lamont, M Mindley, *N Miller yet to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-38, 3-93

Bowling: Harding 4-0-36-1 (nb2, w1); Holder 6-0-30-1; Drakes 4.4-0-19-0; Greaves 2-1-2-1

Position: Scorpions trail by 334 with seven first innings wickets standing

Umpires: L Reifer Jr, M Burns (England)
Match referee: S Proverbs
Reserve umpire: K Sisnett

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