Scor­pi­ons go­ing for win – Miller

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

CAP­TAIN NIKITA Miller says his Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons will be giv­ing it their all as they try to eke out an un­likely win against the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes in their WICB-Dig­i­cel Re­gional Four-day Cham­pi­onship clash at Sabina Park.

Ja­maica Scor­pion are 92 for two in their sec­ond in­nings, for an over­all lead of 38 runs head­ing into to­day’s fourth and fi­nal day.

This fol­lows the Scor­pi­ons’ first-in­nings to­tal of 151, which span across the first two days due to bad weather. The Wind­wards, in their first turn at bat, made 205.

Play­ing in his first sea­son as cap­tain of the team, Miller out­lined that the hope is to post a to­tal in the re­gion of 250 runs by mid­way the post-lunch ses­sion.

This, he said, would give the team a chance of “hav­ing a go’’ at the vis­i­tors, who, in light of their first in­nings and based on their lower-end-of-the-points-ta­ble his­tory, has the propen­sity to fal­ter.

“Come to­mor­row, we have to plan our in­nings as we will be try­ing to make a game of it,’’ Miller stated.

ANY­THING POS­SI­BLE

“At some time af­ter lunch to­mor­row, the aim is to de­clare, if we don’t get bowled out, at a score of be­tween 230 and 250.

“This would then give us a chance to bowl at them, and if we get a bowl­ing start like the one we had in the first in­nings, where we had them, at one stage 30 for three and 97 for five, any­thing is pos­si­ble.’’

The Scor­pi­ons, who like the Vol­ca­noes, are seek­ing to bounce back from open­inground loses last week, had their debu­tant fast bowlers Rey­nard Lev­eridge and Oshane Thomas and rookie pace all-rounder Der­val Green to thank for their po­si­tion.

Bowl­ing at im­pres­sive speeds and good lengths, Lev­eridge and 19-year-old Thomas, had sev­eral of the Wind­wards bats­men duck­ing, tak­ing eva­sive ac­tion or set­tling pri­mar­ily for de­fen­sive shots.

Thomas fin­ished with two for 26 off seven overs, and Lev­eridge, one for 34 off 13.2.

Green, in the mean­while, play­ing in his sec­ond first-class match, utilised the largely over­cast con­di­tions to swing the ball in and out on his way to claim two for 37.

There were also two wick­ets each for Miller and leg-spin­ner Damion Ja­cobs. All­rounder Kyle May­ers and wick­et­keeper Su­nil Am­bris, with 61, top-scored for the Vol­ca­noes.

‘I thought the two debu­tants bowled re­ally well,’’ Miller as­sessed.

‘’This was es­pe­cially so for Oshane, who got a call on the first morn­ing of the match and, for him to come in and make such a con­tri­bu­tion, was re­ally good.”

Mean­while, May­ers, an­other re­cent West Indies ‘A’ re­cruit, be­lieves the match is in the bal­ance.

‘’I think the game could go both ways,’’ he said.’’I think it is for us to come to­mor­row and ap­ply the pres­sure and keep it tight when we are not get­ting wick­ets, so that if we have to chase, we can chase a get­table to­tal.’’

Come to­mor­row, we have to plan our in­nings...

Miller

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