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Scorpions coach expects war of attrition

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2022 | 12:13 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell.
Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell.
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JAMAICA SCORPIONS head coach Andre Coley says his side will need to play patient cricket if they are to get the better of the Guyana Harpy Eagles in their fourth-round West Indies Championship encounter at the Diego Martin Sports Complex.

The Scorpions are coming off an impressive innings-and-14-run win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes. That win, their first in three outings, sees the Jamaican franchise jump off the bottom of the six-team table into fifth place with 29.6 points.

Despite their loss to the Guyana Harpy Eagles, the Barbados Pride holds on to the top spot with 47.2 points. Close on their heels are the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the second spot with 46.4 points with the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force rounding out the top three with 43.

The Harpy Eagles lie in fourth place with 41.4 points with the Windward Volcanoes now occupying the bottom spot with 15.6.

The fourth round is expected to be another keenly contested one with the Scorpions on track to get into the top three. However, head coach Coley knows all too well that the team will have to be even better against Harpy Eagles, who will be buoyed by their close win over the Barbados Pride.

GAME PLAN

“Guyana’s game is about patience and wearing you down and doing the basics consistently. We will have to match that and play to our strengths,” said Coley.

It will be a daunting task to match the Guyanese franchise batting unit which piled up close to 500 runs in their first innings against the Pride. The Jamaicans will also have to try and match that without one of their standout batsmen in Brandon King, who scored a century against the Volcanoes at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

King and another batsman Nkrumah Bonner are set to join up with the West Indies team on their tour of the Netherlands and Pakistan. As a result, rookie batsman Brad Barnes and Alwyn Williams have joined up with the team.

For Coley, whichever batting combination is chosen, the aim is to maintain the same intensity and fight shown against the Windwards.

“If our combination in terms of batting is around mixing aggression with defence, we have to do that for longer and be patient,” added Coley.

That Scorpions batting line-up could include captain John Campbell opening the innings with Leroy Lugg with Alwyn Williams, Jermaine Blackwood, Paul Palmer Jr and Oraine Williams making up the middle order.

The bowling unit should be spearheaded by Marquino Mindley and include Derval Green, Nicholson Gordon and Jamie Merchant.

For the Harpy Eagles, captain Leon Johnson will be leading their batting charge along with opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Tevin Imlach. Leading their bowling will be spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie along with seamer Keemo Paul.

In the other games in the fourth round, the Red Force will take on Pride at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Over at the Queens Park Oval, The Volcanoes will face off with the Hurricanes.

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