Scorpions, Volcanoes locked in even contest

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — A four-wicket haul by Larry Edwards helped the Windward Islands Volcanoes secure a slim 13-run, first-innings lead — but a strong bowling effort by the Jamaica Scorpions ensured honours were shared at the end of the penultimate day of their Regional Four-Day match at Grenada National Stadium here yesterday.

Edwards grabbed four wickets for 79 runs to help earn the Volcanoes an unlikely first-innings lead, but Dennis Bulli hit back by grabbing four wickets to help keep the game balanced.

Chadwick Walton's fifth first class century had looked to be enough to help the Scorpions overtake the Volcanoes' first-innings total of 285.

Surprisingly though, the Scorpions fell just short, with Edwards accounting for the final four wickets to fall.

Walton had resumed on 113, but added just 12 runs to his overnight total before being adjudged leg before wicket to Kavem Hodge.

Kenroy Williams too became a victim of Hodge to be out for 21 as the Scorpions slipped to 231 for six.

Edwards then struck to remove Aldaine Thomas for six, Bulli for 15, Jerome Taylor for a two-ball duck, and finally Derval Green for 24 to wrap up the innings.

After Derval Green and Jerome Taylor struck in quick succession to dismiss Taryck Gabriel and Tyrone Theophile, respectively, to reduce the Volcanoes to 37 for two, Bulli claimed two crucial scalps.

First, he had Devon Smith stumped for 47 and then had captain Kirk Edwards leg before wicket for 21.

It required a 58-run stand between Hodge and Alick Athanaze to rescue their side from trouble, with the two carrying the score up to 147 before Athanaze was bowled by Kenroy Williams for a well-played 27.

Bulli was back in the thick of things soon after, accounting for the wickets of Dennis Smith and Hodge, who scored 52 from 75 balls, laced with seven boundaries and one six.

It allowed the Scorpions to restrict the Volcanoes to 198 for nine, an overall lead of 2011, and a chance of victory heading into today's final day.

Volcanoes 1st Innings 285
Scorpions 1st Innings (overnight 212 for four)
C Walton lbw b Hodge 125
O Williams c wkp DD Smith b Lewis 6
B King b Jordan 52
A Fudadin c Theophile b Jordan 8
*P Palmer Jr run out 9
+A Thomas c Smith b Edward 6
K Williams c Theophile b Hodge 21
D Green b Edward 24
D Bulli c Smith b Edward 15
J Taylor c Theophile b Edward 0
J Levy not out 0
Extras (b2, lb3, nb1) 6
TOTAL (all out; 111.5 overs) 272
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-132, 3-150, 4-180,
5-214, 6-231, 7-231, 8-265, 9-265, 10-272
Bowling: Lewis 16-2-43-1, Thomas 7-0-28-
0, Edward 38.5-11-79-4, Hodge 27-4-51-2,
Theophile 7-0-30-0, Jordan 16-3-36-2
Volcanoes 2nd Innings
D Smith st Thomas b Bulli 47
T Gabriel lbw b Green 4
T Theophile c Bulli b Taylor 9
*K Edwards lbw b Bulli 21
K Hodge c King b Bulli 52
A Athanaze b Williams 27
+D Smith c Taylor b Bulli 6
R Jordan lbw b Walton 16
J Thomas c&b Walton 0
L Edward not out 5
S Lewis not out 0
Extras (b2, lb9 11
TOTAL (9 wkts; 57 overs) 198
Bowling: Taylor 7-0-32-1, Green 8-1-30-1,
Levy 5-1-11-0, Williams 17-1-50-1, Bulli
16-0-54-4, Walton 4-0-10-2
Position: Volcanoes lead by 211 runs with
one wicket in hand.
Toss: Scorpions
Umpires: Carl Tuckett, Zahid Bassarath

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