Black­wood’s ef­fort fails to save Scor­pi­ons

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

GE­ORGE­TOWN, Guyana, (CMC): TEST BATS­MAN Jermaine Black­wood nar­rowly missed out on his fifth first class hun­dred, but there was oth­er­wise lit­tle en­ter­prise from Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons as they suf­fered a 181-run crush­ing at the hands of two-time reign­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars yes­ter­day.

Set 329 for vic­tory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scor­pi­ons failed to find the char­ac­ter nec­es­sary to save the en­counter even with the en­tire sec­ond ses­sion lost to rain, and were dis­missed for a dis­ap­point­ing 147 on the fi­nal day of their open­ing round Re­gional Four­Day clash.

The right-handed Black­wood stroked 96 off 223 de­liv­er­ies with 13 fours and two sixes, but lacked sup­port as he was one of just three spe­cial­ist bats­men in dou­ble fig­ures, and the only one to pass 13.

Gu­dakesh Motie helped wreck the in­nings with four for 35, while fel­low left-arm spin­ner Veerasammy Per­maul fin­ished with three for 63, and seamer Keon Joseph, three for 18.

POINTS

Jaguars picked up 17.8 points, while Scor­pi­ons took away 4.8 points.

Re­sum­ing the day on nine for two try­ing to avoid their fifth straight de­feat to Jaguars, Scor­pi­ons lost wick­ets steadily to crash to 38 for five.

Guyanese Trevon Grif­fith, on four at the start, per­ished in the day’s third over for 13 bowled by Joseph at 19 for three and night­watch­man Ja­son Dawes fol­lowed for three at 32 for four, hol­ing out to long-off off Motie.

When An­dré McCarthy was lbw to Per­maul for two, Scor­pi­ons seemed un­likely to last un­til lunch, but Black­wood and Chad­wick Wal­ton (13) put on 54 for the sixth wicket to push the vis­i­tors to the in­ter­val at 47 for five.

Af­ter a long break for rain, the pair frus­trated Jaguars with their stand be­fore Wal­ton was even­tu­ally lbw to Motie, and nine balls later, with a sin­gle run added, Der­val Green was lbw to Per­maul with­out scor­ing, as the rut set in.

Black­wood seemed sure to reach his land­mark when he was last out, caught at the wicket off Joseph.

BLACK­WOOD

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