Runs aplenty in third Jamaica Scorpions trial match at Kensington
ONE CENTURY and seven half-centuries were scored over the three days of the Jamaica Scorpions trial game which ended on Monday at the Kensington cricket club.
Jermaine Blackwood’s XI and John Campbell’s XI played out a draw in the third JCA practice match which is being used to help select Jamaica’s team to next month’s Regional Four-Day Championships.
St Mary batsman Alwyn Williams did his cause for selection no harm as he hit 124 for Blackwood’s XI who batted first and posted 406 all out. St Catherine batsman Oraine Williams chipped in with 71, while Brad Barnes weighed in with 60, against three wickets for off-spinner Jamie Merchant and two wickets for seamer Derval Green.
Another St Catherine batsman Carlos Brown then hit 76 and Peat Salmon, 66, for Campbell’s XI, which made 299 all out. Fast bowler Nicholson Gordon continued his good form with the ball, bagging four wickets for 23 runs, while seamer Gordon Bryan and spinner Patrick Harty took two wickets each.
Batting a second time, Blackwood’s XI reached 289 for six when the game was called off, with wicketkeeper Romaine Morris getting 84, opener Kirk McKenzie, 59, and captain Blackwood 51 retired out.
Left-arm spinner Jeavor Royal took three wickets for 38 runs.
Assistant coach for the Jamaica Scorpions Andrew Richardson said the coaching staff was pleased to see some of the batters getting some runs, and the senior bowlers also getting wickets.
“It was a good outing over three days. It is always good when people get centuries, but we would have liked to have more than one, especially when we had seven half-centuries in the game. We wanted the guys to kick on,” said Richardson.
The former Jamaica fast bowler-now-coach said he was also satisfied with the level of consistency shown by his senior fast bowlers, namely Nicholson Gordon who continued where he left off from the Ireland limited-overs game where he picked up five wickets.
“It was good to see our seasoned fast bowlers in and amongst the wickets and striking early with the new ball and that is always a good sign as we continue our preparation.
The match was the Scorpions’ third trial game with more to come before Jamaica bow into action in early February, and Richardson says he and head coach Andre Coley will continue to look out for specific things as the team fine-tune their preparations.
“We are looking for some of our openers to get some form heading into the competition and hopefully, we can start getting some more runs from the wicketkeeping position,” added Richardson.