Scor­pi­ons look to re­bound

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

HEAD COACH Robert Sa­muels ex­pects Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons to re­bound from their first game loss to Guyana and de­feat the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes in the se­cond round of the WICB Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship at Sabina Park, start­ing today.

The match, one of three across the re­gion on the week­end, is set to get un­der way at 10 a.m.

“Com­ing out of the first game, we had a lot of pluses de­spite los­ing to Guyana,” said Sa­muels, who is in his first stint as head coach.

“We pre­vented them from get­ting full bat­ting points. We got some fast-bowl­ing points, and we got some bat­ting points, which, for the last cou­ple of years, we did not get a bat­ting point un­til about the fifth or sixth round.”

“I also men­tioned be­fore the start of the sea­son that I want to put a ‘team’ out on the park, and we did play as a team. We bowled well, we fielded well, and the en­ergy was high.’’

IM­PROV­ING BAT­TING

Cur­rently fifth in the six-team cham­pi­onship, Ja­maica will en­ter the clash look­ing to im­prove on their bat­ting, which yielded to­tals of 208 and 147 against the Guyanese in their 181-run de­feat on the fi­nal day.

West Indies mid­dle-or­der bats­man Jer­maine Black­wood, with 96 out in the se­cond in­nings, was the best Scor­pion bats­men, while opener John Rey­nard Lev­eridge ... in Ja­maica’s 13.

Camp­bell was next best with 71 in their first time at the bat.

Sa­muels, a for­mer West Indies opener, also said he was also en­cour­aged head­ing into the en­counter by the fact that the Wind­wards also lost their opener by nine wick­ets to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Queen’s Park Oval.

“I am look­ing for­ward to this game as we are now at home,” con­tin­ued Sa­muels, who, last sea­son, was as­sis­tant coach to now chair­man of se­lec­tors, Ju­nior Ben­nett.

“The Wind­ward Is­lands also lost their open­ing game to

Trinidad, and as such, the aim is to re­bound.”

Ja­maica have made one change to the squad of 13 for the show­down, with West Indies ‘A’ fast bowler, Rey­nard Lev­eridge re­plac­ing in­jured seamer Ja­son Dawes.

Lev­eridge re­turned home pre­ma­turely from the West Indies ‘A’ team tour of Sri Lanka af­ter pick­ing up a groin in­jury.

He has sub­se­quently re­cov­ered and over the past two weeks, rep­re­sented the Ja­maica De­fence Force in the on­go­ing Ja­maica Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion na­tional one-day tour­na­ment.

Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons (from) – Nikita Miller (cap­tain), Jer­maine Black­wood, John Camp­bell, Rey­nard Lev­eridge, Der­val Green, Trevon Grif­fith, Damion Ja­cobs, Brandon King, An­dré McCarthy, Mar­quino Mind­ley, Devon Thomas, Sha­caya Thomas, and Chad­wick Wal­ton.

Wind­ward Vol­ca­noes (from) – Liam Se­bastien (cap­tain), Su­nil Am­bris, Nars­ingh Deonar­ine, Tar­ryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Delorn John­son, Mervin Matthew, Ken­roy Peters, Jer­lani Robin­son, Shane Shilling­ford, Devon Smith, Ty­rone Theophile.

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