RAIN RAIN RAIN

... De­lays af­fect Scor­pi­ons, Vol­ca­noes clash

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

THE BAT­TING frail­ties of Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons were again ex­posed at Sabina Park yes­ter­day.

Sent it to bat on a grassy but even-paced bat­ting pitch, the Scor­pi­ons strug­gled at 83 for six at the end of a rain­hit first day of their Dig­i­cel WICB Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship clash against the Wind­ward Is­lands.

The bat­ting, which started with John Camp­bell and Guyanese-born Trevon Grif­fith open­ing, had its only re­sis­tance from the for­mer, who struck 32 runs against the con­tro­ver­sial off-spin of Shane Shilling­ford and lef­t­arm fast bowler Delorn John­son.

Shilling­ford, who has been re­ported at the in­ter­na­tional level for an il­le­gal bowl­ing ac­tion, and has since done re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work, ended with ma­jes­tic fig­ures of three for 11 off seven overs, and John­son; two for 30 off 13.

OPEN­ING FIX­TURE

The not-out bats­men at the end of play, are Devon Thomas, who af­ter en­ter­ing in the num­ber three po­si­tion, is on 18, and leg-spin­ner Damion Ja­cobs, on one.

Ja­maica, in their open­ing fix­ture un­der new coach Robert Sa­muels, made 208 and 147 against Guyana last week­end.

This fol­lows a se­ries of sim­i­lar av­er­age and be­low­par scores over the past three sea­sons, which saw the team fin­ish fourth, fifth and third, re­spec­tively, un­der then coach Ju­nior Ben­nett.

The day be­gan with Ja­maica hand­ing de­buts to fast bowlers Rey­nard Lev­eridge and teenage pacer Oshane Thomas.

Lev­eridge, a re­cent sur­prise pick for West Indies ‘A’ af­ter im­press­ing re­gional se­lec­tors dur­ing a West Indies train­ing ses­sion, re­placed the in­jured Ja­son Dawes, while Thomas, a mem­ber the re­cent ti­tle-win­ning Ja­maica Tallawahs, re­placed Mar­quino Mind­ley on the morn­ing of the match.

SCOR­ING OP­PUR­TU­NI­TIES

Mind­ley is said to have picked up an ill­ness overnight.

The toss was won by the Wind­wards, who in short or­der im­posed them self on the game with the open­ing pair of John­son and Mervin Matthew lim­it­ing runs-scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It also saw John­son dis­miss­ing Grif­fith caught at slip for six off 32 balls with the score on 19. Devon Thomas there­after en­tered the fray and along with Camp­bell the pair putting on 39 for the sec­ond wicket.

How­ever, af­ter get­ting into a groove Camp­bell was caught off Shilling­ford with the to­tal on 58.

A bat­ting col­lapse, which yielded a mere 21 runs for four ad­di­tional wick­ets then pur­sued, push­ing Ja­maica to 79 for six, be­fore rain again brought an early clo­sure.

Play is sched­uled to re­sume to­day at 9:30am weather per­mit­ting.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons team cap­tain Nikita Miller (left) looks on with Sha­coya Thomas dur­ing a rain de­lay in the re­gional four-day match against the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes at Sabina Park yes­ter­day.

CAMP­BELL

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