Scorpions bowlers put to the sword
It was a day when the Jamaica Scorpions bowlers toiled long and hard. The fielders also toiled as they chased the shots played by Tagenarine Chanderpaul and later Vishaul Singh as the Guyana Harpy Eagles piled up a whopping 584 for seven at stumps on day three of their West Indies Championship match at the Diego Martin Sports Complex.
The massive score now sees the Harpy Eagles leading the Scorpions by 191 runs, this after the Jamaican franchise had made 393. With today’s final day to go, a draw seems imminent with the Diego Martin surface still possessing an abundance of runs.
And runs were certainly the order of the third day, as opener Chanderpaul capitalised on the flat surface to post a career-best 184 which came off a whopping 423 balls. He hit 27 fours.
Left-hander Singh was not to be outdone, as he posted an unbeaten even hundred which came off 85 balls and included 13 fours.
However, it was Chanderpaul, along with wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach who got the ball rolling after first putting on 180 runs for the second wicket, with the latter going on to get 79 before he went caught behind off medium-pacer Alywn Williams with the score on 292.
It didn’t get any easier for the Scorpions bowlers, as Chanderpaul and skipper Leon Johnson added another 94 runs for the third wicket before Johnson charged at off-spinner Jamie Merchant and was stumped for a well-played 57 which included eight fours.
During that partnership, Chanderpaul brought up his 150 to pile more misery on the Jamaicans. If that wasn’t hard enough, the left-hander shared in another half-century partnership, this time with Singh.
The pair put on 61 runs for the fourth wicket before Nicholson Gordon finally ended the nine-hour and 26-minute vigil of Chanderpaul. He was caught at midwicket by substitute Kirk McKenzie for 184.
The Scorpions were able to quickly remove Akshaya Persaud for four, but Singh got stuck in once again and added 41 runs for the sixth wicket with Keemo Paul who made 17 and 75 runs for the seventh wicket with Kevin Sinclair who made 36.
When stumps were drawn, Singh was left not out on 100 and with him is Gudakesh Motie who is not out on 12.
For his hard work, Gordon has so far taken four wickets for 122 runs with Jamie Merchant, Alwyn Williams and Jermaine Blackwood getting a wicket each.
Over at the Queen’s Park Oval, Windward Islands Volcanoes closed day three on 127 for three, still needing 286 runs to beat the Leeward Islands Hurricanes heading into today’s final day.
Kimani Melius made 51 with captain Kavem Hodge not out on 25 and Alick Athanaze unbeaten on 18. Rahkeem Cornwall has so far taken two for 20.
Earlier in the day, the Barbados Pride wrapped up their match against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, winning by an innings and 22 runs.
Scores in that match, the T&T Red Force 133 and 139 all out, the Barbados Pride 294.