Blackwood’s ton gives Scorpions good start against Harpy Eagles
BATSMAN JERMAINE Blackwood showed class and maturity against the Guyana Harpy Eagles at the Diego Martin Sports Complex in Trinidad yesterday when he scored an unbeaten century to lead the Jamaica Scorpions on day one of their Fourth Round West Indies Championship match.
Blackwood, batting at number three, came to the crease in the eighth over of the day and at the end of play, was not out on 110, his eighth century at the first-class level to lead the Scorpions to 282 for six.
The right-hander did just what his coach Andre Coley asked the team to do, and that was to show patience, as he faced 251 balls and struck 14 fours and one six.
After deciding to take the first strike, the Scorpions would lose opener Leroy Lugg for just five runs with 17 runs on the board, before Blackwood joined captain John Campbell and added 52 runs for the second wicket.
Campbell was looking compact for his 37 runs. However, he swept at one from off-spinner Kevin Sinclair and was adjudged lbw. The very next ball, Oraine Williams was also trapped in front by Sinclair for a duck, to leave the Scorpions in trouble at 69 for three.
Blackwood was then joined by Paul Palmer and they put on 30 runs for the fourth wicket before Palmer was caught off Gudakesh Motie for 18.
The St Elizabeth native then found another useful partner in Alwyn Williams and the pair wrestled the initiative away from the Harpy Eagles by sharing in a 112-run fifth-wicket stand.
During that partnership, the pair brought up their half-centuries, Williams doing so for the first time at this level.
Just after getting to the landmark, Williams was caught at bat-pad off Motie for 51 to leave the Scorpions on 211 for five.
With the score on 225 for five, Blackwood on 99 nudged a Veerasammy Permaul delivery past the slip to bring up his eighth regional hundred.
After the fall of Derval Green for 13, the final session of the day saw the Scorpions continue to play positively with wicketkeeper Aldane Thomas joining Blackwood to put on an unbeaten 46 for the seventh wicket.
Thomas was the aggressor in that partnership, hitting eight fours in his unbeaten 35, as the Scorpions closed the day on 282 for six. Motie and Sinclair have taken two wickets each so far.
Over at the Queens Park Oval, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, thanks to a century from number-10 batsman Colin Archibald, closed day one on 301 for nine against the Windward Islands Volcanoes. Archibald is not out on 104 and with him is Daniel Doram on 17. Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton made 52 against Preston McSween who has, so far, taken four wickets for 78 runs.
Over at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, The Barbados Pride, replying to the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force first innings score of 133, are 87 for two with Raymon Reifer not out on 32. With him is Jonathan Carter on 19. Earlier, captain Kraigg Brathwaite made six and Sheyne Moseley, 24, against two wickets for Terrance Hinds.
Jomel Warrican had taken three wickets to help restrict the Red Force, with captain Imran Khan weighing in with a fighting 29. There were two wickets each for Akeem Jordan, Ramon Simmonds and Justin Greaves.