Bonner blazes Scorpions to victory over Hurricanes

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Bonner blazes Scorpions to victory over Hurricanes

BY SANJAY MYERS
Senior staff reporter
myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, February 17, 2020

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FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Nkrumah Bonner played a dream of an innings yesterday to fuel Jamaica Scorpions' enthralling five-wicket victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the regional four-day cricket match at Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

With the sunlight fading into the western horizon as it neared 6:00 pm on the rain-affected final day, the middle order batsman single-handedly ended the fifth-round match in the 18th over as the Scorpions blitzed to 137-5.

Scores: Hurricanes 227 (99.4 overs) & 294 (114.4 overs); Scorpions 385 (112.4 overs) & 137-5 (17.4 overs)

Impervious to the fielders stationed around the boundary ropes, the 31-year-old Bonner struck three sixes and a four off the first four deliveries from Nino Henry to put the Scorpions on the cusp on victory.

Seemingly rattled, the Hurricanes pacer delivered a no-ball which Bonner hit for two to complete the Scorpions' second victory in a row.

Bonner finished unbeaten on a 48-ball 66, while Jermaine Blackwood supported with 38 in a breakneck third-wicket stand of 73. Paul Palmer was not out at the other end without facing a delivery.

Hurricanes' off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed 3-58, while Henry, who conceded 25 runs off that fateful over, ended with 2-47.

Bonner's heroics overshadowed noteworthy performances earlier in the day.

After morning showers delayed the start of play by an hour and 45 minutes, the Hurricanes resumed their second innings from an overnight score of 134-4.

Terance Warde was unbeaten on 20, while Captain Jahmar Hamilton was on 12.

Warde, promoted from number seven to six in the batting order, continued to show the technique of an accomplished top order batsman during his knock of 74.

He led the way with 65 not out in the first innings, and was typically fluent early yesterday while playing a few sumptuous shots around the ground. When on 39 he benefited from a dropped chance, and after passing 50 for the second time in the match he became reserved in his stroke play.

Hamilton was circumspect on Saturday, but yesterday he opened up with an array of attacking shots on a surface which showed minimal wear for a fourth-day pitch.

The Scorpions' bowling attack, sorely missing injured pacer Derval Green who had gone off the field late on Saturday, lacked menace.

However, the Hurricanes' fifth-wicket partnership, which valued 110 runs, was broken by the unlikeliest of sources.

Hamilton, after hitting a six off part-time bowler Bonner to reach 50, jammed the very next delivery from the wrist spinner onto his stumps. His 54 came off 154 balls.

Scorpions pacer Nicholson Gordon had his first reward of the day and his third of the innings when he had Warde feathering a catch behind to wicketkeeper Denis Smith to leave the Hurricanes on 261-6. The batsman hit 10 fours and a six in 184 deliveries.

Gordon then grabbed two quick wickets to claim his second five-wicket haul of the season.

The big-hitting Cornwall (22) and Jamaican-born Damion Jacobs (four) went in similar fashion, both driving in the air for Bonner to pouch catches at mid-on.

Left-hander Colin Archibald (15) was run out, while spinner Peat Salmon bowled Henry (eight) to wrap up the innings at 294.

Gordon, who bowled tirelessly and with good accuracy, captured 5-97 to be the standout Scorpions bowler.

With 137 runs to get in late afternoon, the Scorpions quickly lost both openers.

Assad Fudadin (zero) went to Cornwall, caught on the long-off boundary, while fellow left-hand opener John Campbell (five) attempted a reverse sweep to the same bowler but could only pop an easy catch to Devon Thomas.

Blackwood and Bonner scored quickly, opening the door for a Scorpions victory.

Blackwood tried to dab a delivery from Henry to third man, but could only gift a catch to wicketkeeper Hamilton.

Peat Salmon (nought) was pushed up the order due to his hard-hitting abilities, however, he also fell to the Henry and Hamilton combination.

Wicketkeeper Denis Smith (18) was his usual busy self, accumulating quick runs, but was dismissed by Cornwall trying a push the scoring.

Bonner ensured victory belonged to the home team when he targeted Henry with surgical strikes in the darkening evening.


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