A solid century from opener Devon Smith gave the Windward Islands a solid start against Jamaica Scorpions in the West Indies Championship at Grenada National Stadium on Thursday.

At the close of play, the Windwards stood at 256 for 6 an innings underpinned by a patient 124 off 209 balls from Smith.  The batsman’s stubborn knock included 16 fours and no sixes.  A five-for from the Scorpions Dennis Bulli limited the damage somewhat as he ended with figures of 94 for 5.  In fact, with Smith’s obstinance to contend with, it was Bulli who claimed wickets at regular intervals and accounted for the entire top order. 

Smith’s opening partner Taryck Gabriel was the first of his victims as he was trapped lbw for 10 after facing 61 balls.  The pair Tyrone Theophile and Kirk Edwards, who next up at the crease, fared even worse off as they were consecutively bowled for eight runs each, having faced a total of 32 balls. 

Kavem Hodge then joined Smith at the crease and the pair put on 144 for the fourth wicket.  From a strong position of 205 for 3 the Windwards experienced a setback when Hodge was dismissed by Chadwick Walton for 56 and Smith, the victim of the brilliant Bulli, followed two overs later.  Alick Athanaze meekly two overs after adding a single run before being caught by Kenroy Williams off the bowling of Bulli.  Dennis Smith (36) and Sherman Lewis (16) will return as the not out batsmen.

The winless Jamaica Scorpions have made three changes to their squad that departed the island on Monday for Grenada where they play the Windward Island Volcanoes starting January 17 in the next round of the West Indies Championships.

The Jamaica Scorpions left the island on Monday for Grenada hoping to rebound from two poor performances that resulted in consecutive losses in the West Indies Championships.

The Jamaica Scorpions plunged to another humiliating home defeat on Sunday, going down by 157 runs to the TT Red Force in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Sabina Park.

A majestic five-wicket haul from spinner Nikita Miller gave the Jamaica Scorpions a fighting chance against the T&T Red Force but the hosts face a stiff task to save the match heading into Sunday’s third day at Sabina Park.

Beginning the day at 62 for 2 and with a lead of 153, the Red Force had their eyes set on heaping more misery on the struggling Scorpions.  In the end, they did, as the team posted a second innings score of 233 but it could have been a lot worse were it not for the heroics of Miller.

After dismissing the opening pair of Kyle Hope (20) and Jeremy Solozano (13) on the previous day’s play, Miller returned to rip through the middle order, denying the Red Force any real momentum. 

With the twin-island republic in a strong position at 114 for 4, Miller removed the dangerous Jason Mohammed for 14 before having Denesh Ramdin caught for 25. 

Spinner Khary Pierre was the highest scorer for the Red Force in the second innings, crafting a hard-earned 46 from 142.  Miller ended the innings with overall figures of 7 for 87. 

In response, the Scorpions were off to a solid start courtesy of an opening partnership between Oraine Williams and Chadwick Walton that was worth 89 runs.  Pierre, however, got the crucial breakthrough when he snatched the back-to-back wickets of Walton and Williams in the 22nd over.  Both were caught by Ramdin.  Things got worse for the Scorpions as they lost the next three wickets for nine runs with Imran Khan removing Jason Mohammed for 1 and Daniel St Clair removing Paul Palmer (8) and Kenroy Williams (0).  Assad Fudadin (6) and Rovmon Powell (2) will begin the day as the not out batsmen with the Scorpions needing 217 runs to win at 108 for 5.

Yannic Cariah scored a solid half-century and Anderson Phillips took three-wicket to put TT Red Force in command on Friday, the second day of their West Indies Championship match against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park.

Sabina Park curator Michael Hylton has accepted responsibility for the wet pitch that caused the third-round match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the West Indies Championships, being delayed for four hours on Thursday’s opening day.

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin said his team will be depending on his lower-order batsmen to get as close to 200 runs as possible following a difficult first day against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park on Thursday.

No home team managed to find a win in this round of the West Indies Championship, with the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park, failing to hold their advantage over the Windward Islands Volcanoes on the final day. 

The Jamaica Scorpions are 226 runs ahead of the Windward Islands Volcanoes with four second innings wickets still in tact at Sabina Park. 

Former Windies off-spinner, Shane Shillingford is in hot water over an illegal action for the third time in his career. 

President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, says the new year will bring with it, a new head coach for the Jamaica Scorpions, a local one. 

Citing a string of poor results from the Jamaica Scorpions and off-field issues, the Jamaica Cricket Association will not renew the contract of head coach Robert Samuels.

Jomel Warrican took eight wickets Friday as the Barbados Pride fought back against the Jamaica Scorpions in the Windies Championship match at the 3W’s Oval on Friday.

Pacer Jermaine Levy is the only newcomer to the Jamaica Scorpions 13-man squad named on Tuesday for the West Indies Championship that bowls off later this month.

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