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Dangerous Sabina pitch forces abandonment

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
André McCarthy ... hit on the thumb on the first day.

Challenging, difficult, rough were some of the words that were used to describe the pitch that forced an abandonment of the third Jamaica Scorpions four-day trial match at Sabina Park yesterday.

The pitch, which was into its second day when the umpires, in consultation with the national coaching staff decided to call off the match inside the first over, resulted in at least two players receiving body bruises and injury.

They are batsmen AndrÈ McCarthy, who was hit on the finger on day one, and had to retire hurt, and Shacaya Thomas, who was hit five times, two to the head, two to the hand, and one on his fingers.

"I can't recall getting hit five times in a game," said Thomas, who was 56 not out overnight, and was looking to score his first century of the trials on the day.

"It was really a difficult pitch batting. I got hit twice on my head, twice on my hand, and one on my fingers."

Few balls bowled

The encounter, which was the third of six scheduled ahead of the start of the upcoming WICB Professional League, was called off after four balls were bowled yesterday by fast bowler Jason Dawes of John Campbell's XI.

Campbell's XI made a paltry 124 on the opening day, with Paul Palmer's XI responding with 84 for one when stumps were drawn.

Palmer's XI added another two runs to their overnight total, with young wicketkeeper, Kemar Marshall unbeaten on three when the umpires intervened.

"A ball that you would normally look to come forward to, would just pop up, and, bounce over your head," noted 26-year-old Thomas.

"Judging the length of a delivery, as well, was also difficult to predict, in terms of going forward or back."

McCarthy, in the meanwhile, who was hit on the thumb on the first day and had to retire hurt, but was planning to resume batting on day two, said the pitch was a problem from the outset.

"Balls were moving around and misbehaving from the first session on the opening day, when my team was in the field," he explained.

"But there was then a lot of rolling of the wicket during the lunch and tea breaks, and after play, and everybody kept anticipating that as the match went on it would play better."

The fourth two-day trial match is scheduled to begin next Tuesday.