Super50 Cup: Bonner and Merchant sting Pride in Scorpions victory
Jamaica Scorpions players celebrate the fall of a wicket.
Jamaica Scorpions secured their fourth victory in Group A of the 2019 Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup by defeating Barbados Pride by 26 runs at Conaree Cricket Centre in St Kitts on Wednesday.
The Scorpions first posted 331 for nine in their 50 overs and the restricted Barbados Pride to 305 for eight to intensify their bid for a place in the semi-finals.
Nkrumah Bonner’s fourth List A hundred and a career-best spell from Jamie Merchant set up the victory.
Bonner struck a run-a-ball 112 from that included nine fours and three sixes and shared a record fifth-wicket stand of 151 with his captain Rovman Powell to lead the Scorpions to their big total.
Merchant followed up with 4-35 from his allotted 10 overs to run through the Pride top order and fortify the Scorpions hold on the game, after openers Leniko Boucher and Kjorn Ottley gave the Pride a sound start to their chase.
The result meant the Scorpions gained four points, moving them to 16, drawing them level on points with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, but they remain third because of the tie-breaker rules, which give the group hosts the edge.
Sent into bat, the Scorpions were scrambling on 78 for four in the 17th over before Bonner and Powell, their two most accomplished batsmen, defied the Pride attack to transform the complexion of the game and put their side in charge.
Powell, who led West Indies in three One-day Internationals against Bangladesh last December, made 96 from 59 balls that included seven fours and seven sixes and put the Pride attack on its heels before he was bowled by 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer Shamar Springer in the 37th over.
The Scorpions were 229 for five and stumbled to 247 seven in the 41st over, but Merchant came to the crease and started a memorable day with a rapid-fire 38 off 28 balls and shared 60 for the eighth wicket with Bonner to push the total past 300. They were, however, dismissed in the closing overs chasing quick runs.
Boucher and Ottley put on 64 for the first wicket for the Pride, but they soon stumbled to 91 for three in the 17th over.
Their captain Jonathan Carter cracked 10 fours and four sixes in 97 from 94 balls to hold the innings together, but there was little stability from the rest of the batting, though the Pride managed to finish on 305 for eight from their 50 overs.
Boucher scored 47, Roshon Primus, batting at eight, was not out on 39, Shamar Springer got 28, Ottley added 26 and Joshua Bishop was not out on 21.
FRIDAY, NOV, 22
Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Jamaica Scorpions at Warner Park in St Kitts (1:30 pm)
SATURDAY, NOV. 23
Barbados Pride vs Canada at Warner Park in St Kitts (1:30 pm)
T&T Red Force vs Guyana Jaguars at Queen's Park Oval in T&T (1:30 pm)
USA vs Windward Islands Volcanoes at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in T&T (1:30 pm)
SUNDAY, NOV. 24
Leeward Islands Hurricanes vs Jamaica Scorpions at Conaree Sports Club in St Kitts (9:00 am)