Sunday 23 February, 2020

Scorpions named unchanged squad for matches at Trelawny stadium

Jamaica Scorpions players celebrate a wicket.

Jamaica Scorpions players celebrate a wicket.

Jamaica Scorpions have retained their 13-man squad for the next two matches in the regional four-day championship, which they will host at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.

The next two matches (Rounds five and six) will take regional cricket action to fans in western Jamaica from February 13 to 16 and February 27 to March 1 as the Scorpions host the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Guyana Jaguars, respectively.

This will mark the venue’s first staging of this competition. Sabina Park is listed as the official home ground of the Scorpions but Cricket West Indies granted permission to play games in Trelawny as all the standard requirements were met. Previously, the venue hosted international cricket and West Indies Fist-Class matches.

This season, Sabina Park has not been a venue with many happy memories for the Scorpions which eked out a draw against the Windward Islands Volcanoes and lost to Barbados Pride in rounds two and three, respectively.

Captain John Campbell, however, is not focusing on the venue.  “It’s all about the quality of the cricket that we play. The location of the ground is of little significance, there are more important factors to consider. The condition of the pitch and outfield; the existing weather conditions; the available players and their health, their form among other things. We focus on the best way to deliver the game plan designed by the coaching staff.”

The Scorpions are coming off their first victory of the season as they completed a seven-run victory over five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars in a low scoring game at the Guyana National Stadium at the weekend.

The result gave the Scorpions only their third victory over the Jaguars in Guyana in the modern West Indies first-class championship (1966 onwards) – and first in the Professional Cricket League era.

Tamar Lambert’s side was the previous side to win in the South American nation, when they clinched a 214-run victory inside three days over Permaul’s side in April 2013 at the same venue.

And, Marlon Tucker’s side beat Jerry Angus’ side by nine wickets in 1988 at the Albion Sports Complex on the only other occasion a team from Jamaica has won in Guyana.

Off-spinner Pete Salmon, whose seven wickets in the Jaguars’ second innings triggered a stunning reversal of fortunes in the contest for the Scorpions, was named Player of the Match.

The result moved the Scorpions up to fifth on 36.8 points and Jaguars dropped to second on 49.

Scorpions head coach Andre Coley complimented his team’s approach to the game, which earned them a victory against five-time defendng champion Guyana Jaguars on their home patch.  “We weren’t daunted by the strength of the opponent or their form in this season. The team dug deep and delivered an inspired performance. At times the game was in the balance and we did what was necessary to swing it in our favour.”

Coley added, “how we want to play won’t change. We must maintain discipline and focus; we have to do the basics perfectly. We observed carefully what inputs and execution made us win so we’ll be repeating those things. There are areas for improvement; we have to post higher first innings totals and the batsmen have to build solid, long-lasting partnerships.

“The big lesson from the victory in our last game is that we are good enough. The team has talent – technically and tactically. Our application must be consistently good if we are going to secure winning results.”

THE TEAMS

JAMAICA SCORPIONS: John Campbell - Captain, Assad Fudadin, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Paul Palmer, Pete Salmon, Denis Smith, Jamie Merchant, Derval Smith, Marquino Mindley, Nicholson Gordon, Patrick Harty, Oraine Williams

LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES: Jahmar Hamilton (captain), Colin Archibald, Sheno Berridge, Rahkeem Cornwall, Nino Henry, Montcin Hodge, Damion Jacobs, Amir Jangoo, Jaison Peters, Kieran Powell, Ross Powell, Devon Thomas, Terance Warde

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