After the shellacking received from Guyana in their opening encounter in the Regional Four-Day clash, the Jamaica Scorpions will be hoping that they can raise the level of their game by whipping Windward Islands Volcanoes in their second at Sabina Park this weekend.
The Scorpions suffered a 181-run crushing defeat at the hands of two-time reigning champions, Guyana Jaguars earlier this week.
Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions failed to find their sting and the Jaguars easily brushed them aside for a disappointing 147 on the final day of their opening round of their Regional Four-Day match-up.
Both the Scorpions and Volcanoes are smarting from losing encounters in their opening games.
However, Jamaica will feel they have the upper hand, playing at home and a history of beating the Volcanoes.
“In terms of the game we played in Guyana, we know exactly where we went wrong. We’ve had discussions about it, we’ve practiced well,” said newly appointed captain Nikita Miller.
He also said that players were all involved in team meetings and members were all reminded of their roles and what is required of them, “hopefully we can put things in place and all that is required of the team and team members will fall in place,” Miller added.
On the other hand, the Windward Islands Volcanoes is not prepared to bend over and die but will seek to show the Scorpions that they are no push over.
“All games are important and we try to win every game,” said Captain Liam Sebastien.
He also added,”We try to play every game to win, so, we look at it as a must-win game.”
Both teams need all the points they can accumulate to stay in the hunt for the title, so a keen affair is expected.
The Scorpions have brought in the much touted West Indies “A” Team fast bowler Reynard Leveridge into their squad to replace the injured pace bowler, Jason Dawes.
At the same time, the Volcanoes will be without all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, however, they have sought to boost their side with the inclusion of former West Indies Under-19 pair of batsman Roland Cato and left-arm spinner Larry Edwards.
Both sides bowled well in their opening games but were seriously let down in the batting department, a problem no doubt they will be anxious to fix going forward.
SCORPIONS (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Andre McCarthy, Marquino Mindley, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton
IN-Leveridge, OUT-Jason Dawes
VOLCANOES (from): Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Roland Cato, Larry Edwards, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Mervin Matthew, Kenroy Peters, Jerlani Robinson, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile
IN-Cato, Edwards, OUT-Narsingh Deonarine, Tarryck Gabriel
UMPIRES: Verdayne Smith, Leslie Reifer Jr (Barbados)
MATCH REFEREE: Denovan Hayles
RESERVE UMPIRE: Christopher Wright
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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