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Scorpions, Hurricanes in close battle

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Damion Jacobs
Nikita Miller
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ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Nikita Miller has moved past Gudakesh Motie to become the leading wicket-taker in the WICB Professional Cricket League which resumed with the start of a lone fixture in round six yesterday.

The Jamaica leg spinner's four-wicket haul for 63 runs has taken his tally to 37 after a performance which helped bowl out Leeward Islands Hurricanes for 155 runs after tea.

Hurricanes were blown away by Miller and his spin partner Damion Jacobs, the main destroyer with five wickets for 50 runs.

At the close, the Scorpions were in trouble on 54 for the loss of four wickets after Rahkeem Cornwall dislodged openers Paul Palmer and John Campbell cheaply.

Sent in by Jamaica Scorpions, Volcanoes cruised to 51 for the loss of one wicket by lunch after a quiet morning session.

However, Hurricanes innings plunged into chaos in the post lunch session as Jacobs and Miller wreaked havoc.

Daron Cruickshank struck a defiant 51 which contained eight fours while opener Montcin Hodge resisted with a knock of 41.

Only two other batsmen, Jacques Taylor 18 and Jahmar Hamilton 13, got into double figures.

Jacobs finished with five wickets for 50 runs, including the scalp of captain Nkrumah Bonner, who was caught behind without scoring moments after surviving a confident shout.

At stumps, Scorpions, who lost Jermaine Blackwood for 26, were attempting a recovery on the back of an unbeaten 19 from Andre McCarthy.

Cornwall has conceded 31 runs in taking two of the four Scorpions wickets to have fallen thus far.