'No room for error'

Haynes tells Scorpions ahead of Red Force clash at Sabina Park

Senior staff reporter

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Robert Haynes, the interim coach of Jamaica Scorpions, says there is little room for error when his team hosts fellow strugglers Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the fourth-round West Indies four-day cricket match at Sabina Park.

Play is scheduled to start at 10 o' clock this morning.

The Red Force and the Scorpions have both lost their opening two matches of the 2018-19 season and occupy the respective fifth and sixth spots in the six-franchise league.

“We can't afford to slip up the way we did away against the [Barbados] Pride and here at Sabina against the [Windward Islands] Volcanoes. Both games were winnable, we put ourselves in a position where if we applied ourselves correctly the results would have been favourable. The Red Force are without a win and there is only one thing on their minds — a victory,” said Haynes.

While the Paul Palmer-captained Scorpions lost away to the Pride and at home to the Volcanoes, the Red Force lost to the Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes — both games in Trinidad.

“In any game we play we have to play proper cricket in terms of applying ourselves out in the middle [batting], bowling the right areas, with fielders taking catches,” Haynes told the Jamaica Observer after the numerous dropped chances in the loss to the Volcanoes.

The Scorpions have been forced into making three changes to their 13-man squad. All-rounder Fabian Allen has been sidelined due to a knee injury, while left-hand opener John Campbell and middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood have been drafted in a President's XI squad to face touring England in a warm-up match.

Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, top-order batsman Oraine Williams and Barbadian-born all-rounder Kenroy Williams are included for the Scorpions.

While the Scorpions have 9.8 points and the Red Force are just ahead on 10.2, the other four teams — who have all played three matches — are way out front.

Four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars lead with 58.4 points, ahead of second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes (43.6), the third-placed Volcanoes 38.2 and the fourth-placed Pride (29.8).

Denesh Ramdin, the Red Force skipper and out-of-favour West Indies Test wicketkeeper/batsman, is also desperate for his team to turn its fortunes around this season.

“We have to come out strong. Jamaica is a good team that if you let them get the upper hand they can make it hard for any opponent. Hopefully we can take the upper hand and do some good things here,” he said.

The Red Force have made two changes to their squad. West Indies Test batsman Darren Bravo could make a regional first-class appearance for the first time in three years, while Jamaican-born former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Odean Smith is also included in the 13.

Spinner Bryan Charles is out due to President's XI duty, while Test fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is being rested ahead of the England tour, according to a release from Cricket West Indies.

Up to yesterday, the pitch at Sabina Park had a tinge of live grass. During the recent day/night game between the Scorpions and the Volcanoes there was turn for spinners and also sideways movement and bounce for the quicker bowlers on a similar-looking strip. The pitch also appeared to flatten out and became easier for batting over the last two days.

Squads: Scorpions — Paul Palmer (captain), Dennis Bulli, Assad Fudadin, Reynard Leveridge, Jermaine Levy, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Rovman Powell, Aldaine Thomas, Oshane Thomas, Chadwick Walton, Kenroy Williams, Oraine Williams.

Red Force — Denesh Ramdin (captain), Darren Bravo, Yannic Cariah, Joshua Da Silva, Kyle Hope, Imran Khan, Amir Jangoo, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Phillip, Khary Pierre, Odean Smith, Jeremy Solozano, Daniel St Clair.

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