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Regional win delights Scorpions

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2019 | 12:46 AMOrville Higgins/Gleaner Writer
Chadwick Walton

“One swallow doth not a summer make,” but it came as a huge sigh of relief to the players and management of the team when the Jamaica Scorpions finally came away with something in the ‘W’ column, a tense four-wicket win away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes, in the regional four-day competition last Sunday.

After losing their previous three, the Scorpions would have been desperate to turn their season around. The team is still in last spot, but at 32.6 points are now within touching distance of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who are in fifth on 33 points.

One of the standout performers in the game for the Scorpions was Chadwick Walton, who scored over 200 runs, including a composed 124 in the first innings. He feels his game is “finally coming together” after a lean spell where the runs were not coming.

“I was doing a lot of work with ­former coach Robert Samuels (his personal coach) on some technical stuff. I knew it would just be a matter of time before the runs started coming again.”

While acknowledging his own part in the win, Walton was quick to point out the performance of others.

“It was great to see Dennis Bulli getting ten wickets in the game. Brandon King, coming back from injury, batted well both innings. Even though they didn’t get a bag full of wickets, I also thought Bobby (Jerome Taylor) and Derval Green bowled well. We got decent contributions from others as well. Total team effort.”

This sentiment was echoed by team captain Paul Palmer Jr. He has struggled with his own personal form but was happy with how his team performed.

“I think the team played well. When we were in the field, we took our chances ... . The bowlers were as ­accurate as they could have been. When batting, I think we showed the discipline that is needed going ­forward. We just have to put it together more consistently. We batted over 90 overs to chase down 212. Where that is concerned, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Another chief architect of the Scorpions win was left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, who was surprisingly left out after the team’s opening loss to the Barbados Pride despite taking five wickets in the game.

FAIR PERFORMANCE

In his first game back, he took two five-wicket hauls to end with match figures of 10 for 147. The modest Bulli said: “I think it was a fair performance from me. In the first innings, I was getting wickets but wasn’t as tight as I wanted to be. I bowled better in the second innings, with more control, and was zooming in on the batsmen’s weaknesses better. I have been working hard, and getting ten wickets in the game was a big step for me.”

There are some interesting selection dilemmas facing the Scorpions ­selectors. Jermaine Blackwood, Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen will all be fit and available for the next game after missing the last game due to injuries and West Indies duties. All are expected to be serious contenders for a spot in the final eleven for the next fixture. They face the Leeward Islands Hurricanes away in a day/night game starting next week Thursday.