Scorpions stage fightback against Hurricanes at Sabina Park
West Indies “A” Team leg-spinner Damion Jacobs bowled Jamaica Scorpions back into their contest against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on day two of their ninth and penultimate round fixture of the 2017-2018 Digicel 4-Day Championship, at Sabina Park, on Friday.
Jacobs collected 7-74 from 27.3 overs, as the Hurricanes were bowled out before lunch to give the Scorpions a narrow lead.
West Under-19 World Cup winner Keacy Carty defied the trend with a top score of 78 and West Indies “A” wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton made 40 – but the rest of the batting failed to click and no other reached 20.
West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood then hit 70 – his second half-century of the match – and West Indies “A” opener John Campbell made 55 to lead the Scorpions’ batting before the Hurricanes fought back with a cluster of late wickets.
Jamaica Scorpions entered the round in fifth place on the six-team competition, while Leeward Islands Hurricanes are in third place.
Scores in the match heading into Saturday's third and penultimate day are: Jamaica Scorpions 197 & 182-7; Leeward Islands Hurricanes 171.
OVER AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Aggressive bowling from Romario Shepherd trumped a memorable debut for West Indies Under-19 World Cup winner Chemar Holder to leave second place Barbados Pride on the ropes against already crowned champions Guyana Jaguars.
Shepherd broke the backbone of the Pride’s batting before rain and bad light brought an early close on the second day.
Shepherd ended the day with 4-27 from 10 overs following a destructive spell after tea, when he removed the West Indies pair of Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, as well as West Indies “A” Team “Test” captain Shamarh Brooks to rock the hosts’ batting.
Brooks has so far led the way for Pride with 25, opener Shayne Moseley, also dismissed by Shepherd, made 24 and fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter added 21.
This followed Holder, a member of the triumphant Windies Under-19 World Cup side, capturing 5-57 from 17.5 overs on his first-class debut to lead the Pride bowling.
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach supported with 3-31 from 16.4 overs before he pulled up lame and left the field.
Jaguars, starting the day on 185 for four, extended their first innings to 20 minutes after lunch with West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer leading a rear-guard action with 33, Sherfane Rutherford making 32 and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul gathering 30.
Scores in the match are: Guyana Jaguars 297; Barbados Pride 147-7.
OVER AT GRENADA NATIONAL STADIUM: Former West Indies Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge struck a career-best hundred, but uncapped left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St. Clair answered with a personal best of his own, yet fourth-place Trinidad & Tobago Red Force found themselves against the ropes against bottom-place
Hodge converted his overnight 87 into a splendid 128, as Volcanoes rallied past lunch, but St. Clair – not to be left out – snatched 6-62 from 20.4 overs – his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.
Red Force were then floored by a two-wicket burst from left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson, as they staggered to the close.
Left-handed Amir Jangoo stroked 24, but was one of two wickets to fall in the space of 17 balls towards the end of play.
Scores in the match are:- Windward Island Volcanoes 366; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 51-4.
Guyana Jaguars, which entered the round with an unassailable135 points, won the Headley/Weekes Trophy, symbol of West Indies first-class surpremacy for a fourth straight time in the previous round.