Scor­pi­ons hunt bonus points

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

WITH NO tra­di­tional first-in­nings points on of­fer, get­ting as many bowl­ing points as pos­si­ble will be the pri­mary aim for the Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons head­ing into to­day’s fourth and fi­nal day of their Dig­i­cel WICB Four-day Cham­pi­onship show­down against front-run­ner Bar­ba­dos Pride at Sabina Park.

This is ac­cord­ing to Ja­maica’s head coach, Robert Sa­muels.

The en­counter, which has been af­fected by rain and a wa­ter­logged out­field from the open­ing day, is cur­rently headed for a draw af­ter Bar­ba­dos closed the third day on 153 for four in their first in­nings.

This is in re­ply to 224 posted by Ja­maica in their first in­nings, of which in-form opener John Camp­bell made 60; all-rounder Der­val Green, 40; and cap­tain Nikita Miller, 24 not out.

Out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Ke­mar Roach, with three for 27, and his new ball part­ner Justin Greaves, two for 49, claimed most wick­ets.

“There’s no first-in­nings points, so the bowl­ing and bat­ting points and fast-bowl­ing points, are now im­por­tant,” said Sa­muels.

“Four wick­ets down for 150odd runs, Bar­ba­dos are a lit­tle bit ahead, but we hope to pull it back to­mor­row, get the other wick­ets, get some points, and then look to bat out the day,” he added.

Re­sum­ing the day on 157 for eight, Ja­maica were lifted past the all-im­por­tant 200-runs land­mark, which of­fers one bat­ting point, by Miller and Green.

The duo, who came to­gether af­ter the fall of fast bowler Rey­nard Lev­eridge’s wicket with the to­tal on 167, put on 57 runs for the fi­nal wicket.

Green hit three fours dur­ing his 56-balls in­nings, which lasted one hour and 11 min­utes, while Miller gath­ered two fours off 113 balls dur­ing his two hour and 32 min­utes stay.

“It was a good knock by the Der­val Green ... made 40.

skip­per, who was not out at the end, and Der­val Green, who came in at num­ber 11,” com­mented Sa­muels.

“Their knocks helped to put us in a de­cent po­si­tion where we earned a bat­ting point, which, in re­cent years, has been very elu­sive. We just now need max­i­mum bowl­ing points.”

AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force reached 287 for seven in their first in­nings be­fore rain brought a pre­ma­ture end to the third day of their third-round game against Lee­ward Is­lands Hur­ri­canes.

Only 35 overs were pos­si­ble be­cause of rain.

Scores: Red Force 287 for seven (Kyle Hope 86, Isa­iah Ra­jah 69, Roshon Primus 42 not out; Kieran Pow­ell 3-29).

Their knocks helped to put us in a de­cent po­si­tion where we earned a bat­ting point, which, in re­cent years, has been very elu­sive.

(overnight 157 for eight) J. Camp­bell c Phillips b Wil­liams 60 S. Thomas c Brooks b Roach 2 J. Black­wood c Chase b Greaves 0 D. Thomas lbw b Greaves 3 +C. Wal­ton c wkp Ram­per­sad b Roach 5 A. McCarthy c Brooks b War­ri­can 22 F. Allen c Roach b Wil­liams 19 D. Ja­cobs c Brooks b Chase 30 *N. Miller not out 24 R. Lev­eridge b Roach 1 D. Green c War­ri­can b Charles 40

(b6, lb9, w3) 18 (all out, 86.2 overs) 224

1-3, 2-4, 3-16, 4-21, 552, 6-90, 7-129, 8-156, 9-167, 10-224.

Roach 18-8-27-3, Greaves 17-4-49-2, Stoute 7-2-26-0, War­ri­can 183-56-1, Charles 14.2.4-29-1, Wil­liams 10-3-16-2, Chase 2-1-6-1. O. Phillips c Camp­bell b Green A. Al­leyne b Allen S. Brooks b Ja­cobs R. Chase lbw b Miller *K Stoute not out +M Ram­per­sad not out

(b5, lb9, w2) (4 wkts, 48.3 overs)

4 66 44 23 0 0 16 153

K Wil­liams, J War­ri­can, K Roach, J Greaves, N Charles. 1-5, 2-116, 3-153, 4153.

Lev­eridge 4-0-17-0, Green 83-17-1, Black­wood 1-0-1-0, Ja­cobs 141-52-1, Lev­eridge 19.3-2-47-0, Allen 2-05-1. Pride trail by 71 runs with six wick­ets in­tact. Pride. J. Wil­liams, N. Duguid.

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