KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Barbadian import Kirk Edwards stroked his second successive half-century while Shacaya Thomas gathered one of his own in his first appearance of the season but Jamaica Scorpions lost late wickets to surrender a position of strength on the opening day of their seventh round clash against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on Friday.
Opting for first knock at Sabina Park, the hosts were 111 for one at one stage but lost wickets in the middle session and then at the end, to decline to 197 for six at the close.
This was despite a top score of 66 from Edwards and a 64 from Thomas. The pair posted 100 for the second wicket after Scorpions lost captain John Campbell cheaply for eight in the fourth over of the morning.
Edwards, who got 93 in the last round, faced 129 deliveries in 158 minutes with six fours and two sixes while Thomas struck a single four in an innings spanning 249 balls in just under 5-3/4 hours at the crease.
Regional Super50 star off-spinner Ron-Russ Jagessar was the leading bowler with three for 53 while leg-spinner Imran Khan claimed two for 59.
Red Force struck early when fast bowler Marlon Richards removed Campbell cheaply with Scorpions on 11 for one but Edwards and Thomas combined in an excellent stand to deny the visitors another wicket before lunch.
Edwards was unbeaten on 33 at the break with Thomas on 21, and Edwards brought up his half-century approaching the first hour after lunch off 104 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Once the century stand was raised, Edwards departed lbw to Jagessar and it triggered a slide where Scorpions lost three wickets for 18 runs.
With the home side tottering on 129 for four, Shacaya Thomas and Devon Thomas resisted in a 66-run fifth wicket stand which saw their side to tea at 140 for four and allowed them to flourished in the first hour of the final session.
Imran Khan then struck two key blows in successive overs nearing the close, removing both batsmen to leave Red Force with momentum.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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