Scorpions claim first-innings honours
A four-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Nikita Miller put Jamaica Scorpions in pole position for the third and penultimate day of their WICB First-Class Championship clash against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park.
Demonstrating control, mixed with guile, Miller picked up four for 67, as the Windwards, replying to 259 made by Jamaica, were bowled out 212.
Batting a second time, the Jamaicans, who enjoyed a 47-run lead, then closed on five without loss, 52 runs ahead.
"We are in a good position," revealed Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr. "I think we did well to get them out for a total under 250 as the pitch got a bit easier to bat on during their innings.
"It's now up to us to try and build on the lead that we have and try to get to set them a total of over 300 runs."
Resuming the day on 230 for seven, Jamaica went on to add another 29 runs for their last three wickets with overnight batsman David Bernard Jr, adding 11 to his overnight 32. He was the second to last batsman to be dismissed, caught at the wicket off the bowling off-spinner all-rounder, Liam Sebastien.
The diminutive Sebastien, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, utilised a lot of flight and got bounced and turned to finish with seven for 58. The haul was his second best ever, with seven for 49 being his previous best.
The Windwards, however, in their response, were never allowed to settle and, throughout their innings, lost wickets at regular intervals.
AT PROVIDENCE: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, replying to Guyana Jaguars' 419 for nine declared, were 48 for four at the close on the second day of their second-round match at the National Stadium yesterday.
Scores: JAGUARS, 419 for nine declared (Vishaul Singh 150; Shiv Chanderpaul 65; Steven Jacobs, 63 not out; Chris Barnwell 48; Anthony Bramble 42; Alzarri Joseph 5-99; Jacques Taylor, 3-70). HURRICANES, 48 for four; (Steve Liburd, 20 not out; Chris Barnwell 2-5; Gudakesh Motie 2-7).
AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Barbados Pride's 300 all out, were 153 for five at the close on the second day of their second round match here yesterday.
Scores: PRIDE, 300 (Shamarh Brooks 111; Roston Chase 59; Kyle Corbin 46; Shane Dowrich 48; Imran Khan, 4-75; Shannon Gabriel, 3-49; Kavesh Kantasingh, 2-80). RED FORCE, 153 for five (Kyle Hope 45; Steven Katwaroo, 27 not out; Yannick Ottley, 26 not out; Kevin Stoute, 2-25.
SCORPIONS 1st Innings
(overnight 229 for seven)
J Campbell lbw b Sebastien 43
*P Palmer c Sebastien b Mathew 0
K Edwards c Bobb Sebastien 24
A McCarthy lbw b Peters 92
B King c Bobb Sebastien 17
+C Baugh lbw b Sebastien 8
D Bernard Jr c Bascombe Sebastien 43
N Miller c Bascombe Sebastien 8
D Jacobs c Polius Shillingford 7
J Dawes c Smith Sebastien 8
M Mindley not out 3
Extras (lb5, nb1) 6
TOTAL (all out, 108 overs) 259
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-71, 3-76, 4-106, 5-126, 6-214, 7-229, 8-242, 9-254, 10-259.
Bowling: Mathew 17-6-25-1, Peters 16-3-40-1, Shillingford 24-2-59-1 (nb1), Bobb 24-5-72-0, Sebastien 27-4-58-7.
VOLCANOES 1st Innings
D Smith c Campbell b Dawes 1
T Theophile c McCarthy b Miller 33
M Bascombe lbw b Jacobs 23
K Lesporis c McCarthy b Jacobs 17
+S Ambris c Campbell b Miller 89
D Polius lbw b Jacobs 8
*L Sebastien c King b Miller 10
S Shillingford c Bernard Miller 14
A Bobb c Palmer Mindley 11
M Matthew not out 0
K Peters b Mindley 0
Extras (b1, lb2, nb3) 6
TOTAL (all out, 70.2 overs) 212
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-58, 3-60, 4-87, 5-103, 6-122, 7-178, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212.
Bowling: Mindley 9.2-2-22-2, Dawes 9-0-40-1, Miller 31-7-67-4, Jacobs 20-1-76-3, Campbel 1-0-4-0.
SCORPIONS 2nd Innings
P Palmer not out 3
J Campbell not out 2
TOTAL (without loss, 6 overs) 5
Bowling: Mathew 2-0-2-0, Peters 1-0-2-0, Shillingford 2-2-0-0, Sebastien 1-0-1-0.
Position: Scorpions lead by 52 runs with all ten second innings wickets intact.
Umpires: C Taylor, Zahid Bassarath.