Sunday 23 February, 2020

Scorpions suffer embarrassing three-day defeat against Pride

Jamaica Scorpions suffered an embarrassing 119-run defeat against Barbados Pride, inside three days, in their third-round fixture of the Regional Four Day Championship at Sabina Park in Kingston on Saturday. 

The setback came after the Scorpions just managed to avoid defeat in the first two rounds against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Windward Islands Volcanoes. On both occasions, the Scorpions survived as a result of strong resistance when batting in the second innings.

On Saturday the Scorpions were set 288 for an outright victory after the Pride were bowled out for 206 in their second innings, but they could only manage 168.

Former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer Chemar Holder, who wrecked the Scorpions in the first innings on day one with five for 21 in seven overs, had another hostile spell. This time around he finished with six for 47 from 14.3 overs for a match haul of 11 for 92. Holder had taken five for 45 from 16.0 overs in the first innings.

Kemar Roach and Keon Harding supported Holder in the second innings. Roach took two for 26 from 11 overs, while Harding had two for 58 from 13 overs.

Nkrumah Bonner top-scored for Jamaica Scorpions with a patient 39 not out from 103 balls

Dennis Smith with 26 from 32 balls was the  next best scorer. 

Earlier, Barbados Pride added only 37 to their overnight score after resuming the day on 179 for six.

Nicholson Gordon was the most successful bowler for the Scorpions with six for 45 from 15 overs, while Patrick Harty ended with three for 33 from 13 overs.

Shane Dowrich was the main contributor with the bat for the Pride. He made 73 118 balls,  Kyle Mayers scored 53 from 89 deliveries.

Final scores in the game: Barbados Pride 219 and 206, Jamaica Scorpions 138 and 168.  

Over at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia: Windward Islands Volcanoes 138,  Leeward Islands Hurricanes 234 for five. No play was possible on day one because of rain.

Over at the Guyana National Stadium: Five-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars are closing in on victory against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.  Scores in that match: Guyana Jaguars 323 & 177 for five declared; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 98 and 122 for six.

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