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Scorpions face Hurricanes in key clash

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller.

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

The front runners will jostle for the advantage heading into the Christmas break when the curtain rises on the fifth round of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament this weekend.

A potentially intriguing contest between hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes and current leaders Jamaica Scorpions starts today at Warner Park in St Kitts.

Also, two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars face Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Guyana National Stadium, starting tomorrow, the same day that Windward Islands Volcanoes meet Barbados Pride at Windsor Park in Dominica.

In Basseterre, momentum will be the key word for both the Hurricanes and Scorpions following contrasting results in the previous round of matches.

The Hurricanes will be keen on regaining the energy they had from early in the season, after the weather in Port-of-Spain and defeat to the Volcanoes derailed them in the last two rounds of matches.

In Guyana, The Jaguars will be looking to finish the first half of the season in pole position by exploiting a Red Force side low on confidence.

This match could well be another absorbing contest, considering the results of matches between the two sides at this venue.

Of the five matches, they have each won once, and it would be interesting to note that the Red Force has held the aces in the other three which have all been drawn.

FIERCE RIVALRY

In Dominica, a compelling contest is expected between the Volcanoes and Pride in what is typically one of the fiercest rivalries in the R4Day.

The Volcanoes will be pumped up to face a team against whom they typically rise to the challenge to confront, following their stunning, come-from-behind victory over the Hurricanes in the previous round.

At the same time, the Pride - boosted by a number of returning West Indies players - were engaged in an engrossing battle with the Jaguars in between the showers, but had to settle for a draw.

Scorpions top of the table on 46.8 points, while defending champions Guyana Jaguars sit in second position on 44 points with Barbados Pride on 43.2 points.

Leewards Hurricanes are on 36.6 points, Windwards Volcanoes 35.2 and Red Force 32.4.

The fifth round of the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament will be followed by a long break for the Christmas/New Year's holidays before the Regional Super50 Tournament sets in.