Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Scorpions looking to bounce back under new head coach

Jamaica Scorpions – under interim head coach Robert Haynes – will be looking to bounce back from defeat when the 2018-2019 season of the West Indies four-day championship returns from the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break on Friday with the third round of matches.

The Scorpions, which lost their second round game against Barbados Pride and then few days later sacked head coach Robert Samuels, will host Windward Islands Volcanoes under the lights with a pink ball at Sabina Park.

Judging by results in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) era, this match is likely to have a winner, as all of the previous eight contests between the two sides have ended in outright results.

The Scorpions have won five of the matches and this will be good news, along with the return to the line-up of the West Indies trio of Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell and fast bowler Oshane Thomas.

After suffering a devastating loss in the previous round, the home team will be looking to kick-start their season with a victory.

They face a Volcanoes side that came from behind to oust Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the previous round and whose batting will be fortified by the return of West Indies batsman Sunil Ambris.

This will be the second match for the Scorpions, which  were out of action in the first round of matches, due to unavailability of a match venue.

SQUADS

SCORPIONS (from) – Paul Palmer (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, Dennis Bulli, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Reynard Leveridge, Jermaine Levy, Nikita Miller, Rovman Powell, Aldaine Thomas, Oshane Thomas, Chadwick Walton

IN–Allen, Fudadin, Powell, Thomas; OUT–Derval Green, Andre McCarthy, Steven Taylor, Kenroy Williams

VOLCANOES (from)– Kirk Edwards (captain), Sunil Ambris, Alick Athanaze, Roland Cato, Larry Edward, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Ray Jordan, Shermon Lewis, Obed McCoy, Denis Smith, Devon Smith, Josh Thomas

IN–Ambris, Edward, McCoy; OUT–Delorn Johnson, Shane Shillingford, Tyron Theophile

UMPIRES – Christopher Taylor, Leslie Reifer, Jr (Barbados)

MATCH REFEREE – Denovan Hayles

RESERVE UMPIRE – Jacqueline Williams

Barbados Pride vs Guyana Jaguars in Bridgetown, Barbados

The addition of  Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse Barbados Pride line-up, and opening batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj, as well as all-rounder Raymon Reifer and Sherfane Rutherford Guyana Jaguars squad, should make for an intriguing contest.

Sadly, Shai Hope (Pride) and Shimron Hetmyer (Jaguars), two of the West Indies brightest batting prospects, will miss the contest for varying reasons.

The two teams currently occupy the top two positions in the standings, following contrasting wins in the previous round before the holidays, and will be looking to make headway in a rivalry that produced some fascinating games during the PCL era over the last four seasons.

While the Jaguars comfortably dispatched of the Hurricanes in the second round to formalise their top billing, a depleted Pride side climbed into second spot, after they came from behind to log a stunning victory over Jamaica Scorpions in a low-scoring affair.

Holder will not lead the Pride however, leaving Shamarh Brooks in the role that he has played from the start of the season and in the preceding West Indies Super50 Cup, but how well the Windies captain has recovered from his injury, ahead of the England Tour of the West Indies, starting later this month, will be closely monitored.

Recent history favours the Jags in this contest. They have won three of the eight matches between the two sides in the PCL era, including two in the Pride’s backyard.

Half of the matches in this period have also ended in draws – and this is the likely outcome unless there is a dramatic occurrence.

SQUADS:

PRIDE (from) – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Keon Harding, Jason Holder, Aaron Jones, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican

IN–Chase, Dowrich, Holder, Nurse, Roach; OUT–Justin Greaves, Chemar Holder, Shamar Springer, Tevyn Walcott, Hayden Walsh Jr

JAGUARS (from)– Leon Johnson (captain), Christopher Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Vishaul Singh, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano

IN–Hemraj, Reifer, Rutherford; OUT–Trevon Griffith, Tevin Imlach, Akshaya Persaud

UMPIRES – Gregory Brathwaite, Carl Tuckett (Nevis)

MATCH REFEREE – Stephen Proverbs

RESERVE UMPIRE – Kevin Sisnett

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force vs Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Tarouba, Trinidad

Both teams have been juiced up for the match with the return of the West Indies pair of Denesh Ramdin and Kieran Powell to the helm of the respective units.

The two Windies starts will have their work cut out trying to inject confidence back into their sides, as both teams enter the contest having lost in the previous round.

Red Force let it slip against Windward Islands Volcanoes at this same venue and Hurricanes were outplayed by the all-conquering Jaguars.

Bowling will be the key for both sides with Red Force strengthened with the inclusion of West Indies tearaway Shannon Gabriel, but batting will be decider.

Red Force have won five of the eight matches the two sides have contested in the PCL era, but the Hurricanes will recall their tense, one-wicket victory in the second half of last season in their opponents’ backyard.

SQUADS:

RED FORCE (from)– Denesh Ramdin (captain), Yannic Cariah, Bryan Charles, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kyle Hope, Imran Khan, Amir Jangoo, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St. Clair

IN –Gabriel, Pierre, Ramdin; OUT–Ricky Jaipaul, Odean Smith, Tion Webster

HURRICANES (from) – Kieran Powell (captain), Sheno Berridge, Nelson Bolan, Keacy Carty, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Devon Thomas, Akeem Saunders, Terance Warde

IN–Hamilton, Powell; OUT–Rajendra Chandrika, Orlando Peters

UMPIRES – Danesh Ramdhanie, Patrick Gustard (Jamaica)

MATCH REFEREE – Michael Ragoonath

RESERVE UMPIRE – Kashif Sandy

CURRENT STANDINGS

1.     Jaguars 37

2.     Pride 22.6

3.     Hurricanes 22.2

4.     Volcanoes 21.4

5.     Scorpions 5

6.     Red Force 4.4

 

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