Monday 30 March, 2020

Scorpions close in on victory against Hurricanes

Jamaica Scorpions were in a strong position at the close of play on Saturday to beat Leeward Island Hurricanes in their bottom-of-the-table fifth-round fixture of the regional four-day championship at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.

When stumps were drawn, the Hurricanes were 134 for four in their second innings, trailing the Scorpions by 24 runs with six wickets remaining.

Terance Warde (20) and Jahmar Hamilton (12) will resume the Hurricanes' innings on the final day of action on Sunday.

Seamer Nicholson Gordon ended the day as the best bowler for the Scorpions with two for 44 from 10 overs.

Earlier, the Scorpions secured a lead of 158 runs after they finished their first innings on 385, replying to the Hurricanes' first innings total of 227. The Scorpions had resumed the day on 260 for six.

Dennis Smith became the second batsman to score a half-century for the Scorpions with a career-best 84 from 188 balls. Pete Salmon added 47. on Friday, Jermaine Blackwood scored 98.

Scores in the match entering Sunday's final day: Leeward Island Hurricanes 227 and 134 for four; Jamaica Scorpions 385.

Over at Kensington Oval in Barbados:  New leaders Barbados Pride are closing in on victory against third-place Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

Scores in that game: Barbados Pride 209 and 342 for five declared; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 175 and 48 for four. The Red Force need another 329 runs with six wickets in hand to pull off a victory.

Over at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada: Fourth-place Windward Islands Volcanoes are trailing five-time defending champions and second-place Guyana Jaguars by 62 runs.

Scores in the match: Windward Islands Volcanoes 318 and 46 for one; Guyana Jaguars 426.

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