Scorpions take on Red Force
Fresh off their first win, Jamaica Scorpions will today take aim at Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the third round of the WICB First-Class Championship at Queen's Park Oval.
Parading a win-and-loss record, the Scorpions are fourth in the standings on 18 points, five less than their third-place opponents, who have so far registered a win and draw.
"They are always a tough opponent, this Trinidad team, however, we just have to build on our last effort," said Jamaica coach Junior Bennett, which saw his troops defeat the Windward Islands Volcanoes by 30 runs at Sabina Park last weekend.
He has also listed batting as the team's primary concern heading into the encounter.
The team, which has been out of the title race from early for the past two seasons, has failed to post a 200-plus total more than once from the start of the campaign, which has seen them bat on four occasions.
This resulted in them submitting to a 10 wickets defeat to Barbados Pride in Barbados before recovering somewhat from a second-innings nightmare of 25 for seven to post 128 against the Windwards.
Jamaica made 259 in the first innings of that encounter, while against Barbados, the scores were 189 and 187.
The national selectors, headed by Wavell Hinds, and including Robert Haynes, Wayne Lewis, Delroy Morgan and, Cleveland Davidson, have made two changes to their squad of 13 in a bid to arrest the batting conundrum.
They have added the experienced Tamar Lambert, as well as former Leeward Islands Hurricanes captain, wicketkeeper-turn-batsman Devon Thomas.
The duo replaces Carlton Baugh Jr and Brandon King and is expected to battle for a place in the starting 11 with West Indies
wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who, despite participating in the national trials, was left out of the team for the opening two rounds.
Trinidad, in the meanwhile, will be hoping to leapfrog second-place Barbados Pride, who have 25 points, and are trailing leaders Guyana Jaguars by 10 points. The Red Force defeated the Leeward Islands in their first match-up before holding Barbados to a draw at Kensington Oval. They have made three changes from their outing with Barbados. Out goes captain and all-rounder Rayad Emrit, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, and batsman Evin Lewis, while in come batsmen Jason Mohammed and Jeremy Solozano, and seamer Marlon Richards. Former youth captain, all-rounder Yannick Ottley has been named captain.