Scorpions look to bounce back in Super50
Still smarting from a surprise 75-run defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in their first game, the Jamaica Scorpions will attempt to get their WICB Regional Super50 campaign back on track when they take on Guyana Jaguars.
The match, a day-and-night encounter slated for Kensington Oval in Barbados, is set to begin today at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time, and is one of two Zone B fixtures on the day.
The second encounter will see the Floyd Reifer-coached Marooners tackling guest team ICC Americas at Three W's Oval.
The zone's other team, Barbados Pride, who overcame the challenge of the Jaguars by 145 runs at Kensington Oval, have drawn a bye.
"I believe that tomorrow we will bounce back after a disappointing display,'' said Nikita Miller, captain of the Scorpions, who entered the tournament as an outside favourite to Barbados Pride, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Jaguars.
"We were too relaxed and took the Marooners very lightly in the first game, and in the end we paid the price.''
The Scorpions, conditioned by former West Indies opener Robert Samuels, were bowled out for a paltry 140 in chase of 215 for eight made by the Marooners.
Leading the way for the Scorpions was young batsman Brandon King, who in hitting four fours and two sixes, was dismissed leg before wicket for 48.
There were, however, notable disappointments from West Indies players, batsman Jermaine Blackwood, wicketkeepers Devon Thomas and Chadwick Walton, and all-rounder Rovman Powell, who fell for 19, 5, 15 and two, respectively.
West Indies 'A' opener John Campbell, who made one, was the other specialist batsman, who failed, while another West Indies 'A' batsman, Andre McCarthy, was 12th man.
"The batting was very, very, very poor, and unacceptable,'' continued Miller, "and if we are to go forward we cannot afford to bat like that."
"We had an extended meeting yesterday where we spoke about where we gone wrong, and I believe the general consensus was that we are rushing too much. We need to formulate our innings better.''
Miller, who is hoping to lead the team to their first regional Super50 title in six years in this his second season in charge, was also mindful of Guyana, who he says can be a sturdy opponent.
Guyana will look to West Indies representatives, batsmen Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika and Assad Fudadin, as well as spin bowlers Davendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul.