Volcanoes erupt against Scorpions in come-from-behind win

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

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Windward Islands Volcanoes batsmen Kirk Edwards and Kavem Hodge held firm and made full use of appallingly poor fielding from hosts Jamaica Scorpions to guide their team to a five-wicket win in the West Indies four-day cricket match at Sabina Park yesterday.

The Volcanoes, who needed 287 runs to complete an outstanding come-from-behind victory, began yesterday's final day from their overnight score of 176-4, and were largely unbothered in reaching 289-5.

Scores: Scorpions 210 (77.1 overs) & 189 (71 overs); Volcanoes 113 (48.5 overs) & 289-5 (107.4 overs).

Edwards, the Volcanoes captain and former West Indies batsman, top-scored with a patient 76, while Hodge, who also displayed admirable application with the bat, supported with 59 not out.

Both benefited from sloppy catching from the Scorpions during their respective knocks.

The Volcanoes have recorded two wins and a loss in three matches after beating hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 76 runs in their previous outing.

It is the second-straight loss for the Scorpions after collapsing to a 41-run defeat in their opening game of the season to home team Barbados Pride in December. They also led on first innings in that encounter before faltering in the latter stages.

The Barbadian-born Edwards, who played for the Scorpions franchise in the past, credited his team for the fight shown over the last two days of the day/night contest.

“It was a tough game for the last four days — it was a great game. In the second innings we were being patient and each bowler stuck to the task and we were picking off a wicket here and there, making Jamaica work harder for their runs,” he said during a post-game interview.

He acknowledged that his role was crucial, especially in tricky late evening conditions under floodlights on the third day in which he ended unbeaten on 35.

“I had to soak up some pressure yesterday evening and again today with the second new ball. I was able to put my team in a good position and the guys brought it home,” said the Volcanoes skipper.

The Scorpions skipper Paul Palmer lamented the numerous dropped chances committed by his team.

“In cricket we like to say catches win matches, and we really didn't take as many catches as we should have, so that's where we went wrong,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Palmer also noted the lost opportunity in the second innings when they could have set a bigger target for the Volcanoes after a significant 97-run first-innings lead.

“We could have made more runs — even when conditions were difficult we could have pushed the lead up to 300-plus,” the Scorpions captain said.

Resuming on the final afternoon from their overnight score of 176-4, the pair of Edwards and Hodge blunted everything the Scorpions threw at them.

There were missed chances on Sunday's third day — Kirk Edwards was put down twice.

But yesterday the Scorpions were even worse.

They appeared uninspired and their display was highlighted by numerous instances of careless ground fielding in between the butter-fingered catching.

They were also luckless at times, with fast bowler Reynard Leveridge bowling well without reward.

The Scorpions got rid of Edwards with Volcanoes in sight of victory.

The batsman's luck finally ran out when he edged pace bowler Oshane Thomas and was caught by Jermaine Blackwood at second slip with the score on 256. He faced 192 balls while striking six fours and a six, and shared in a fifth-wicket stand of 99 with Hodge.

However, the Scorpions' catching woes didn't end there.

The usually safe Rovman Powell put down a chance offered by Alick Athanaze off off-spinner John Campbell, while square leg fielder Assad Fudadin dropped a tough one when the left-hander pulled Thomas in the air.

Thomas was again unlucky, this time Leveridge was the fielder at third man when Hodge played an upper cut.

Hodge ended with six fours in his unbeaten 119-ball stay, while Athanaze ended on 23 not out.

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