Sports

Jacobs, Blackwood shine

Edge Scorpions ahead of Hurricanes

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, January 13, 2018



Jamaica Scorpions spinner Damion Jacobs finished with season's best figures of 7-74, as the regional four-day cricket match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes appears destined for an outcome on today's penultimate day.

At the close yesterday, the Scorpions were 182-7 in their second innings thanks to attacking half-centuries from Jermaine Blackwood and left-hander John Campbell.

Jacobs, not out on one, and Derval Green, who is yet to get off the mark, are the Scorpions batsmen set to resume at 10:00 am.

After Jacobs' bowling heroics earlier in the day, which helped to dismiss the Hurricanes for 171 in their first innings, the hosts hold a handy lead of 208 runs with three wickets in hand in what has been a low-scoring game so far.

Scores: Scorpions 197 (59.1 ovs) and 182-7 (46 ovs); Hurricanes 171 (78.3 ovs).

The Hurricanes picked up from their overnight score of 60-4 in sunny conditions yesterday morning, on a very dry pitch that played noticeably quicker than it did on Thursday.

Former West Indies Under-19 batsman Keacy Carty and wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 67 runs before the latter was sent back to the pavilion by slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Nikita Miller.

It was a meek dismissal, with Hamilton assaying a sweep shot off the spinner but hitting the ball straight to square leg fielder Green.

The 32-year-old Jacobs, who had three wickets from the opening day, then accounted for Shane Burton (one) and Jeremiah Louis (eight) as the visitors teetered to 125-7.

But at the other end, Carty, 20, was solid and assured in combating both pace and spin to craft an accomplished half-century. Eventually, it was spin and bounce that undid him as Miller ripped a delivery that was edged to Blackwood at slip. Carty's 78 came off 211 balls and comprised six fours and a six.

The right-hander's dismissal signalled that the end was not far off and in short order, Jacobs, who varied his deliveries well on a spinner-friendly surface, had the better of both Mervin Mathew (18) and Chaim Holder (nought) to wrap up the innings.

The Scorpions quickly built on their 26-run, first-innings lead as Campbell ran through the gears to delight the handful of watchers at Sabina Park with an array of exhilarating stroke plays.

However, during that time he lost his opening partner Assad Fudadin (nought) as pacer Louis hit the left-hander's bat edge for Hamilton to finish the job.

The Scorpions wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton (five) also went cheaply when he clipped an easy catch to Louis at midwicket off the off-spinner Holder.

At the other end, nothing slowed Campbell as he pulled and drove freely against the faster bowlers, despite being reprieved by a dropped chance early in his innings.

However, skipper Kieran Powell made a master gamble when he brought himself into the attack to offer up some gentle off spin. And it had the desired effect when Campbell missed a straight one and was trapped leg before wicket for a 48-ball 55. He struck seven fours and a six.

Left-hander Paul Palmer made only 13 before he fell to Holder, while the swashbuckling innings of Blackwood was curtailed, via the lbw route, to the hardworking pacer Mathew. The 26-year-old Blackwood, who made 81 in the first innings, creamed eight fours and a lone six off 97 balls in his second-innings knock of 70.

Late in the afternoon, the wiry pacer Sheeno Berridge, who was impressive in capturing four wickets on Thursday, made his stamp on the second innings. He conjured up a sharp bouncer that surprised Brandon King (eight) who awkwardly fended a catch to slip.

The 27-year-old Kittitian later drew Fabian Allen (24) into a cover drive, but the ball swung away at the last moment and induced an edge that was gobbled up by wicketkeeper Hamilton.

SCORPIONS 1st Innings 197

HURRICANES 1st Innings

(overnight 60 for four)

M Hodge b Green 3

*K Powell c wkp Walton

b Jacobs 13

K Carty c Blackwood b Miller 78

D Thomas lbw b Jacobs 2

A Saunders lbw b Jacobs 3

+J Hamilton c Green b Miller 40

S Burton b Jacobs 1

J Louis c Miller b Jacobs 8

M Mathew c Mindley b Jacobs 18

C Holder c Green b Jacobs 0

S Berridge not out 0

Extras (w1, nb4) 5

TOTAL (all out, 78.3 overs) 171

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-22, 3-24, 4-28, 5-95, 6-96, 7-125, 8-169, 9-171, 10-171

Bowling: Green 9-2-20-1, Mindley 8-3-17-0, Jacobs 27.3-5-74-7, Miller 25-11-32-2, Campbell 7-2-22-0, Allen 2-1-6-0

SCORPIONS 2nd Innings

J Campbell lbw b Powell 55

A Fudadin c wkp Hamilton

b Louis 0

+C Walton c Louis b Holder 5

J Blackwood lbw b Mathew 70

P Palmer c Powell b Holder 13

B King c and b Berridge 8

F Allen c wkp Hamilton b Berridge 24

D Green not out 0

D Jacobs not out 1

Extras (lb3, nb3) 6

TOTAL (7 wkts, 46 overs) 182

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-54, 3-95, 4-138, 5-149, 6-164, 7-181

Bowling: Mathew 6-0-33-1, Louis 6-1-30-1, Berridge 8-0-44-2, Holder 20-2-51-2, Powell 6-0-21-1

Position: Scorpions lead by 210 runs

Toss: Hurricanes

Umpires: V Smith, D Ramdhani

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