Campbell century leads Scorpions charge
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC):
Opener John Campbell plundered his second first-class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances with a strong effort on the opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.
The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close yesterday at the Arnos Vale Stadium.
Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31, while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.
Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.
Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.
Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, lbw to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.
He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who made 24; another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy, who scored 20; and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.
All told, Campbell struck 15 fours and two sixes in an innings lasting 192 balls and just under four and a half hours.
He raised his first 50 off 80 balls with six fours and was unbeaten on 52 at lunch with Edwards on 17 as Scorpions reached a comfortable 85 for one.
The post-lunch session also belonged to the visitors as Campbell dominated, racing to his hundred to be 122 not out at tea with the Scorpions on 197 for three.
When he and Blackwood were out within 15 runs of each other in the final session to leave the Scorpions on 237 for five, Palmer and Devon Thomas combined to add 47 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand.
Palmer has so far faced 63 balls and counted four fours.