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Scorpions, Pride in big Super50 clash

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 1:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Walton

Jamaica Scorpions will seek to pull off a big win when they take on group leaders and tournament co-host Barbados Pride in their third match of the WICB Regional Super at Kensington Oval today.

Barbados, winners of their two matches thus far, currently lead the five-year group with 10 points, six more than the Scorpions, who have notched a win and a loss so far in the campaign.

Surprise package Combined Campuses and Colleges, nine points, are second, with Guyana Jaguars, third, on five points.

"The victory over Guyana has given us a lift, but we are still focusing on one match at a time," said Scorpions wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton ahead of the day and night clash which begins at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time. "Barbados is up next, and we will have to be ready on all accounts, and I believe that we will."

The Scorpions, in their last encounter, saw opener Walton posting a top score of 86, the highest by a player on the team so far this season.

He, along with Brandon King, who hit 48 in the opener and 21 in his follow-up inning, are expected to lead the batting along with Jermaine Blackwood, who has scores of 19 and 42, and Devon Thomas, who made an unbeaten 56 against the Jaguars.

Others who are yet to produce any significant scores, but will want to get going are West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell and opener John Campbell.

TAYLOR TO HEAD BOWLING

The bowling department in the meantime is once again expected to be spearheaded by Jerome Taylor, who claimed five wickets again Guyana and fellow seamer Reynard Leveridge, who picked up three.

"We are not yet out of the waters, and our aim is to qualify for the semi-finals, so we just have to focus on winning matches," continued Walton.

"We are seeing improvements in all areas and once that continues, I know we will get better."

Barbados, boasting arguably the strongest team on paper in the tournament, will look to Kraigg Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and Jonathan Carter.

Spinners Sulieman Benn and Ashley Nurse, as well as Holder and Lemar Roach represent their front line bowlers.