Scorpions hold advantage over Volcanoes; T&T Red Force in control
Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller stars with a five-wicket haul.
Jamaica Scorpions, led by a five-wicket haul from captain Nikita Miller, dominated play against Windward Islands Volcanoes on day one of their bottom-of-the-table fixture of the fifth round match in the Digicel Professional 4-Day Championship, at Sabina Park on Thursday.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Volcanoes were bowled out for 200 despite veteran opener Devon Smith smashing an unbeaten century, his 26th Regional 4-Day and 31st first-class career hundred
Smith, the most prolific batsman in West Indies first-class history, slammed an undefeated 116 and was the only Volcanoes batsman that offered prolonged resistance.
He became the first batsman this season to pass 400 runs and batted just under five hours.
Taryck Gabriel was the next best scorer for the Volcanoes with 23 from 78 deliveries.
Miller again was the star bowler for the Scorpions, capturing five for 60 from 29 overs with his steady left-arm spin as the Volcanoes were blown away inside the first hour after tea.
Playing only his second match of the season, Miller sliced through the Volcanoes batting after he belatedly brought himself into the attack on a pitch that was offering assistance to the spin bowlers from early.
John Campbell, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin, supported Miller in the demolition of the Volcanoes batting with three for 38 from 14 overs.
Campbell returned to finish not out on 37 and Trevon Griffith was not out on five, as the Scorpions started their reply strongly at 43 without loss, trailing by 157 runs, before stumps were drawn.
Scores in the match entering Friday's second day are:- Windward Islands Volcanoes 200; Jamaica Scorpions 43-0.
OVER AT THE PROVIDENCE STADIUM: Half-centuries from Justin Greaves and Kenroy Williams helped the Barbados Pride recover from a poor start to reach 282 for seven at stumps against three-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars.
Greaves was unbeaten on 72 at the close while Williams made 68 before he became one of the two wickets taken by Keemo Paul, but not before the two put on 121 runs for the sixth wicket as the Pride recovered from 123 for five.
The hundred partnership rescued Barbados from crumbling and gave them a more competitive score.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, the Pride found themselves in early trouble, struggling at 32 for three, thanks to the bowling of Keon Joseph, who ended the day with figures of three for 63 runs from his 17 overs.
First, he had Anthony Alleyne caught by Keemo Paul for 11 with the score on 28 and then trapped Shamarh Brooks without scoring to reduce the Pride to 28 for two. It was soon 32 for three after Joseph dismissed Johnathan Carter, out stumped for four.
Kevin Stoute and Shane Moseley staged a recovery effort worth 78 runs that was broken in the 36th over when Moseley was run out for 43 with the score at 110.
Thirteen runs later Stoute was dismissed for 47 by Gudakesh Motie and the Pride were back in trouble at 123 for five.
That cleared the way for the century partnership that steered the Pride to a respectable total.
Greaves has hit 10 fours and will be hoping Mario Persaud, who is also unbeaten on 4, can help him push the Pride well beyond 300.
Keemo Paul has taken 2 for 54 for the Jaguars.
OVER AT WARNER PARK IN ST KITTS: unbeaten half centuries from Kyle Hope, 61, and Amir Jangoo, 81, have put Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in a very strong position against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.
Electing to bat, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes were bowled out for 207 with skipper Rahkeem Cornwall, 43, and Devon Thomas, 46, the only batsmen to put up any real resistance.
Shane Burton was unbeaten on 29 against the bowling of Roshon Primus, four for 57, and Imran Khan, three for 26.
Bryan Charles was also in the action, bagging two for 53, while Tion Webster had one for 19.
The Red Force’s reply has gone brilliantly so far, with openers Hope and Jangoo putting on an unbeaten opening stand of 148, just 59 runs behind the Hurricanes' first innings total.
Scores in the match entering Friday's second day are:- Leeward Islands Hurricanes 207; T&T Red Force 148-0.