Scorpions staring down the barrel against Red Force

The Jamaica Scorpions will have to bat to save their opening regional four day encounter against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on Sunday's fourth and final day at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Tarouba. Forced to follow on in their second innings, the Scorpions closed on 86-1 with Assad Fuddadin 32 and Jermaine Blackwood 17, being the not out batsmen.

They still trail the Red Force by 96 runs after the home team rattled up a massive 460-4 declared. The Scorpions who resumed on 94-3 in their first innings, were dismissed for 278. Rovman Powell was the chief run-scorer with 71, while Derval Green added 56 and former captain Paul Palmer Junior an even 50. Left arm spinner Akeal Hosein was the pick of the bowlers with 4-58, while Bryan Charles claimed 3-67. 

Elsewhere, an interesting final day is expected on Sunday at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground as the Windward Islands Volcanoes need 269 runs to beat the Barbados Pride in their encounter. The Volcanoes held a one run first innings lead after they ended on 234 all out in reply to the Pride's 233.

Batting a second time, the Barbadian franchise got to 269 all out with West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford bagging 7-105.  West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite led the fight for the Pride with 72.

The Guyana Jaguars are in command of their game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Antigua. The Jaguars bundled out the Leewards for 154 after posting 388 in their first innings. Batting a second time, the Hurricanes were 181-2 at sports time in the day/night affair.



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