Scorpions take charge against Hurricanes in Trelawny
Jermaine Blackwood led the batting for Jamaica Scorpions with 98.
Jermaine Blackwood fell short of a century but managed to put Jamaica Scorpions in a solid position against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their fifth-round fixture of the regional four-day championship, at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, on Friday.
The Scorpions will resume Saturday's third and penultimate day leading by 33 runs.
Blackwood scored 98 from 155 balls as the Scorpions, replying to Hurricanes’ first innings total of 227, reached 260 for six at stumps on Friday’s second day of the bottom-of-the-table fixture.
The 28-year-old Blackwood came to the crease with second-from-the-bottom Scorpions on 16 for one in the third over and put on four useful partnerships before his dismissal.
He added 37 for the second wicket with captain and opening batsman John Campbell, who was dismissed in the eighth over for 35 with the score on 53. Blackwood then added a further 52-run partnership for the third wicket with Paul Palmer, who was dismissed in the 18th over for 21 with the score at 105. Then Blackwood added 39 for the fourth wicket with Nkrumah Bonner (14) to take the score 144, followed by a 58-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Oraine Williams (30) to push the score over the 200-run mark.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall finished with three for 72 from 28 overs for the visitors. Sheeno Berridge supported with two for 47 from 10.
Earlier, the Hurricanes resumed from their overnight score of 215 for nine and added a further 12 runs before the innings was ended.
Left-arm spinner Patrick Harty ended with career-best figures of four for 43 as Terance Warde, who was 53 overnight, top-scored for Hurricanes with 65 not out.
Over at Kensington Oval in Barbados: New leaders Barbados Pride are leading third-place Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 161 runs after taking first innings points in their top-of-the-table fixture.
Scores in that game: Barbados Pride 209 and 127 for two; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 175.
Over at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada: Five-time defending champions and second-place Guyana Jaguars are trailing fourth-place Windward Islands Volcanoes by 172 runs with seven wickets in hand in their fight for first innings.
Scores in the match: Windward Islands Volcanoes 318, Guyana Jaguars 145 for three.