Scorpions hit back
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Fabian Allen lashed an aggressive half-century in his first match of the season and second in first-class cricket, to help Jamaica Scorpions keep their noses in front on day two of their eighth round game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here Saturday.
After eking out a small 27-run first-innings lead, Scorpions found themselves stumbling badly on 66 for five in their second innings at Queen's Park Oval before the 21-year-old arrived at the crease to pummel a top score of 60 from 68 balls, and help lift the visitors to 172 for seven at the close an overall lead of 199 runs heading into Sunday's third day.
Allen blasted five fours and four sixes as he posted his maiden first-class half-century, but, more importantly, put on 65 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, who made 38.
Antiguan Thomas faced 59 balls and counted six fours before falling leg before wicket to pacer Marlon Richards, who finished with two for 25.
Allen added a further 33 for the seventh wicket with Damion Jacobs (14 not out) before finally departing.
Seamer Rayad Emrit, with three for 30, had done the damage earlier as Scorpions' top order failed to find an answer to a purposeful Red Force attack.
The hosts, though, produced yet another disappointing batting display to be bowled out for 173, after resuming the day on 79 for three.
Captain and opener Kyle Hope, unbeaten on 33 overnight, top-scored with 67 while left-hander Yannic Cariah, starting the day on 19, made 45 providing hope for Red Force in a positive 88-run, fourth-wicket stand.
Captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller claimed four for 39 while leg-spinner Damion Jacobs picked up three for 46.
RED FORCE 1st Innings
(overnight 79 for three)
*K. Hope b Miller 67
Y. Cariah lbw b Miller 45
Imran Khan run out 0
+S. Katwaroo b Jacobs 10
R. Emrit not out 10
M. Richards lbw b Miller 1
B. Charles c Blackwood b Miller 4
S. Cottrell b Jacobs 1
Extras (b7, lb9, w2, nb3) 21
Total (all out, 84.2 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-21, 3-49, 4-137, 5-137, 6-152, 7-156, 8-161, 9-173, 10-174.
Bowling: Mindley 13-6-23-1 (nb3), Green 14-5-30-1 (w2), Blackwood 4-1-7-0, Jacobs 23.2-2-46-3, Miller 28-8-39-4, Campbell 2-0-13-0.
SCORPIONS 2nd Innings
T. Griffith lbw b S Cottrell 21
J. Campbell lbw b Richards 5
J. Blackwood b Charles 16
P. Palmer b Emrit 5
A. McCarthy lbw b R Emrit 1
+D. Thomas lbw Richards 38
F. Allen c Hope b Emrit 60
D. Jacobs not out 14
D. Green not out 4
Extras (lb3, w5) 8
Total (7 wkts, 45 overs) 172
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-38, 3-51, 4-53, 5-67, 6-131, 7-164.
Bowling: Cottrell 8-1-32-1, Richards 8-1-25-2, Charles 12-7-35-1, Emrit 8-2-30-3, Imran Khan 9-0-47-0.
Position: Scorpions lead by 199 runs.
Toss: Red Force.
Umpires: Zahid Bassarath, Deighton Butler.