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Scorpions look to rebound

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
Miller

Buoyed by the return of West Indies players Nikita Miller and Jermaine Blackwood, the Jamaica Scorpions will seek to keep alive their title ambitions when they face runaway leaders and favourites Guyana Jaguars in CWI-Digicel Four-day Championship return-leg action at Sabina Park, starting today at 10 a.m.

The Robert Samuels-coached Scorpions are currently fourth in the fairly competitive six-team tournament on 71.6 points, 46.2 points behind the Jaguars.

Barbados Pride, on 75.2 points, are in second position while Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, also on 71.6 points, are third.

"It's kind of difficult to catch Guyana at this moment, as given the format of the championship these days, it's difficult to complete a game without picking up points,'' said Miller, who returns after missing Jamaica's last two matches due to West Indies duties. ''But at the end of the day, you have to give it a go as this is cricket and anything is possible."

Jamaica, who are coming off a demoralising 119-runs loss away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes, will enter the contest hoping that Blackwood, along with West Indies 'A' AndrÈ McCarthy, who recently returned from the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20, will be able to help them turn around their 263-runs defeat to the Jaguars in their first-leg meeting.

 

Bowling boost

 

Their bowling, in the meanwhile, is set to get a boost with the return of Miller, who, before leaving for New Zealand, claimed a superlative 23 wickets in two matches.

Guyana, who are coming off a comfortable 10-wickets win over Leeward Islands Hurricanes three weeks ago, are seeking their sixth win of the season to go with their solitary draw.