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Scorpions facing defeat at Sabina

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMOrville Higgins
Jamaica Scorpions spinner Nikita Miller displays the match ball after taking the final wicket in Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s second innings at Sabina Park yesterday. He ended with second-innings figures of seven for 87.

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are favoured to come away with an outright win against the Jamaica Scorpions when play resumes on today's fourth and final day of the WICB Professional Cricket League Four-day match at Sabina Park.

Chasing 325 for victory, the Jamaica Scorpions were struggling on 108 for five at stumps on yesterday's third day.

The Jamaicans started promisingly in the fourth-innings run chase, with openers Chadwick Walton and Oraine Williams blazing their way to 89 without loss inside 20 overs. They both played some audacious drives and pulled with authority, but once the spinners came on, the Scorpions batsmen were found wanting.

Williams was caught behind pushing tentatively at left-arm spinner Khary Pierre. His 56 was filled with some enterprising strokes, including nine fours and a six. Chadwick Walton made 26 before he was stumped off the bowling of Pierre.

Andre McCarthy tried to whip leg spinner Imran Khan through the leg side but spooned a catch to cover. He went for one. Captain Paul Palmer managed only eight before going leg before to left-arm seamer Daniel St Clair. Kenroy Williams bagged a pair in the game when his stumps were rattled by St Clair driving loosely at one that pitched up. From 89 without loss, the Scorpions had inexplicably lost five wickets for 15 runs. The Scorpions will be hoping for a miracle from Assad Fudadin, who is unbeaten on six, and Rovman Powell, who has not fully recovered from an injured leg, not out on two.

Earlier, Nikita Miller was the chief destroyer, with seven for 87 from 32 overs as the Red Force were dismissed for 233 in their second innings. He was claiming his 34th five-wicket haul in his 98th first-class game. He ended with 12 for 149 in the game.