Scorpions facing defeat against Barbados Pride
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Jamaica Scorpions were staring an innings defeat in the face after two batting collapses left them hanging by a thread against Barbados Pride, heading into the final day of their first-round encounter in the Regional First Class Championship today.
Resuming yesterday's penultimate day at Kensington Oval on 114 for two in their first innings, Scorpions were dismissed for 189, with Kirk Edwards hitting 58, John Campbell 49, Andre McCarthy 30, and Carlton Baugh Jr, 29.
Seamer Kevin Stoute picked up four for 12, while West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican claimed three for 74 and fast bowler Miguel Cummins, two for 27.
Asked to follow on, Scorpions fared no better the second time around and were languishing at 161 for eight at the close, still 23 runs adrift of making Pride bat again.
Campbell got 35, Brandon King hit 30, Baugh 27, while Damion Jacobs finished the day unbeaten on 21.
Cummins (3-20) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-66) both finished with three wickets to wreck the Scorpions' innings.
Starting the day well placed to make a strong reply to Pride's 373, Scorpions suffered a major blow inside the first hour when Edwards, unbeaten on 51 overnight, was taken at gully by Shai Hope off Cummins after adding just seven runs.
All told, the Barbadian right-hander batted for 175 minutes, faced 150 balls and hit six fours.
Baugh then anchored two small stands to steady Scorpions, putting on 26 for the fourth wicket with McCarthy and a further 22 with Brandon King (10).
They seemed to be fighting back at 181 for four, but once King was lbw to Warrican, the Scorpions' innings declined swiftly, as the last six wickets went down for eight runs to be all out at lunch.
Batting a second time, Scorpions got a bright start mainly through Campbell, who played fluently for his 35 off 40 balls with five fours, as he put on 42 for the first wicket with captain Paul Palmer, who made six.
The left-handed Campbell was out tamely, driving Nurse to captain Kraigg Brathwaite to cover, and his dismissal triggered a slide, where two more wickets fell for just the addition of ten runs.
A series of small partnerships again kept the Scorpions' innings afloat. Baugh put on 31 with Edwards (18) for the fourth wicket and a further 24 with King for the fifth, before King and David Bernard Jr (7) added 20 for the sixth wicket.
The right-handed King had struck three fours and two sixes in a breezy 43-ball knock before playing back to one from Cummins and losing his off-stump, to be one of four wickets to fall for 32 runs as Scorpions stumbled from 107 for four to 139 for eight.
On the verge of folding totally, Jacobs held off the Pride in a 22-run unbroken stand with Jason Dawes (eight not out), to force the game into the final day.