Scorpions look to bounce back

first_imgStill smarting from their first-round 10-wicket defeat to Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions will attempt to get their campaign back on track when they play the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park, starting today.The showdown, one of three in the second round, will see the Scorpions hoping for a much better batting display than they had at Kensington Oval, where they failed to pass 200 on their two turns with the bat.Chasing a first-innings total of 373, made by the Pride, Jamaica were bowled out for 189 in their first innings and asked to follow-on, 187.This left Barbados with four runs to get, which they achieved for the loss of no wickets.”It was a poor batting display on our part in the first match, but I believe the players have what it takes to turn things around,” said Junior Bennett, coach of the Scorpions.The Jamaicans, rooted at the bottom of the six-team standings on one point, will be hard-pressed to omit West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who was left out against Barbados.The stylish stroke-maker, who has played for the West Indies as a batsman, and who was the team’s most successful batsman towards the back end of last season, was left out based on what Bennett described as a decision by the selectors.tricky selection ahead”The selectors met, however, in the end, he was not selected,” was all Bennett was prepared to say on the matter.Should Walton get the nod, however, who he replaces could be tricky given that only a mere two batsmen, John Campbell and Kirk Edwards, batted with any fervour against the Pride.Opener Campbell made a second first-innings high score of 49, and a top score of 35 in the second, while Edwards, batting at number three, scored an innings-high 58 in the first and 18 in the second.The other batsmen, including debutant captain Paul Palmer Jr, all struggled.The 23-year-old Palmer made a first-ball zero and six off 77 balls number four batsman AndrÈ McCarthy, 30 and two; Carlton Baugh Jr, 29 and 27; and young Brandon King, 10 and 30.No changes are expected in terms of the team’s bowling, amid an average opening display.Pummelled at 262 for two on day one, the bowling recovered to claim Barbados’ last eight wickets for a modest 111 runs on day two.The experienced Nikita Miller led the way with four for 100, while fast bowler Jason Dawes supported with three for 51.The other front-line bowlers, fast bowler Marquino Mindley, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr, ended with one for 66, none for 69, and one for 49, respectively.The Windwards, in the meantime, who are in fourth position on three points, having lost to defending champions Guyana Jaguars by 104 runs in their opener, will also be looking to bounce back.Off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who claimed six for 107 and five for 36 against Guyana, is set to lead their bowling, along with left-arm seamer Mervin Matthew.Seasoned campaigner Devon Smith, opener Tyrone Theophile, Keddy Lesporis, and young captain Sunil Ambris are set to lead their batting.Squads:Jamaica Scorpions (from): Paul Palmer Jr (captain), Carlton Baugh Jr, Dave Bernard Jr, John Campbell, Jason Dawes, Kirk Edwards, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, AndrÈ McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Chadwick Walton.Windwards Volcanoes (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Alston Bobb, Miles Bascombe, Keddy Lesporis, Mervyn Matthew, Kyle Mayers, Kevin McClean, Kenroy Peters, Dalton Polius, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile.last_img read more

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G.C. Foster lead the way

first_imgG.C. Foster College’s Sashalee Forbes and Everton Clarke won the women’s and men’s 100 metres titles respectively on yesterday’s opening day of the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium. Forbes, a member of Jamaica’s team at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro clocked 11.23 seconds to win ahead of University of Technology’s (UTech) Shanice Reid (11.60) and Shantae Deer of G.C. Foster, 11.84. Clarke scored a close victory in the men’s sprint hitting the line in 10.12 to edge UTech’s Ronald Levy (10.17) and Oshane Bailey of G.C. Foster, 10.24. G.C. Foster bagged one-two in the men’s 400m hurdles as they dominated yesterday’s finals. Marzel Miller took gold in 52.06 from teammate Kemario Eldemire (52.61). Exed Community College’s Romario Dixon was third in 55.59. The women’s event went to UTech’s Shannon Kalawan who won in 57.02. Candice McLeod (57.73) of UWI and Shanae Wright (1:01.08) of UTech finished second and third respectively. Olivia Leckford of G.C. Foster produced the first record of the meet when she threw 52.68m in winning the women’s javelin throw. She erased the previous mark of 46.60m set by Osheca Binns. Binns (UWI) was second yesterday with 42.96m while Jada Thompson of Shortwood took third with 39.80m. Church Teacher’s College’s Melissa Thyme won the 3000m steeplechase in 11:56.00 from Ophia Simmonds (12:24.80) of G.C. Foster with third going to Candlce Newman of UTech, 12:37.77. Oshane Archibald of G.C. Foster captured the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:45.09. Thaleeto Green of UTech was second in 10:02.03 while Larone Haye of G.C. Foster was third in 10:21.29. Today’s second and final day of competition will begins at 1 p.m. Men’s top five: 1. G.C. Foster 88, 2. Utech 49, 3. UWI 36, 4. Knox 20, 5. Mico 15. Women: 1. G.C. Foster 52, UTech 51, 3. UWI 31, 4. Mico 21, 5. Church 14.last_img read more

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