Allen leads fightback
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):
Rookie Fabian Allen struck his second half-century in as many matches to hand Jamaica Scorpions a lifeline on the second day of their ninth-round game against Windward Islands Volcanoes here yesterday.
Trailing by 167 runs on first innings, Scorpions found themselves in dire straits at 150 for six in their second innings, before the 21-year-old Allen arrived to stroke an unbeaten 72 and revive the innings.
At the close at the Arnos Vale Stadium, the visitors were fighting back on 249 for eight a lead of only 82 runs heading into today's penultimate day.
Earlier, veteran left-hander Devon Smith carved out his second hundred in three matches and the 29th of an illustrious first-class career, to lift Volcanoes to 223 for nine declared.
The 35-year-old, resuming on 66 with his side on 181 for six, finished on exactly 100 not out in a knock that consumed 253 balls in just over five hours, and included 12 boundaries.
Captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was the best bowler with five for 58.
Scoreboard of the second day of the ninth round game in the Regional four-day championship between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Jamaica Scorpions at the Arnos Vale Stadium here Saturday:
SCORPIONS 1st Innings 56
VOLCANOES 1st Innings
(overnight 181 for six)
D. Smith not out 100
S. Shillingford lbw b Miller 3
L. Edwards c Blackwood b Bulli 2
D. Johnson lbw b Miller 0
*L. Sebastian not out 0
Extras (b7, lb6, nb1) 14
Total (9 wkts decl., 88 overs) 223
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-24, 3-128, 4-136, 5-171, 6-180, 7-196, 8-217, 9-218.
Bowling: Taylor 13-4-34-0 (nb1), Green 11-2-35-2, Miller 36-15-58-5, Bulli 19-2-59-1, Campbell 7-0-19-1, Allen 2-0-5-0.
SCORPIONS 2nd Innings
J. Campbell c Lesporis b Mayers 7
T. Griffith c Mayers b Shillingford 29
J. Blackwood c Theophile b Mayers 2
P. Palmer c (sub) Pope b Johnson 46
O. Williams c Robinson b Shillingford 10
+D. Thomas c Theophile b Shillingford 42
F. Allen not out 72
D. Green lbw b Shillingford 13
D. Bulli c Robinson b Shillingford 17
Extras (b6, lb2, w2, nb1) 11
Total (8 wkts, 71.1 overs) 248
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-21, 3-66, 4-78, 5-140, 6-150, 7-198, 8-249.
Bowling: Johnson 11-0-44-1, Mayers 13-1-36-2, Shillingford 28.1-7-83-5, Edwards 16-2-60-0, Theophile 2-0-9-0, Fletcher 1-0-9-0.
Position: Scorpions lead by 82 runs overall.
Umpires: D Butler, L Reifer.