Scorpions rampage against Red Force, Pride overcome Cornwall to hold edge over Hurricanes, Jaguars hit back after being skittled by Volcanoes

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Windies “A” Team opener John Campbell and uncapped, fellow left-handed opener Shayne Moseley grabbed the headlines with contrasting, landmark hundreds in the Digicel 4-Day Championship on Friday.

Campbell went on the rampage to hit a career-best hundred to lead solid batting down the order that put Jamaica Scorpions in charge against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force before rain slowed their advance on the second day of their sixth-round match at Sabina Park.

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Moseley completed his maiden first-class hundred to upstage purposeful bowling from Rahkeem Cornwall and prop up Barbados Pride’s batting against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Warner Park, to bring the tally of hundreds for the season to 16.

And, Windward Islands Volcanoes, led by veteran off-spinner Shane Shillingford, fought back to bowl out Guyana Jaguars cheaply before their batsmen again frittered away a promising position at the Guyana National Stadium.

Red Force (243) vs Scorpions 318-4 in Kingston, Jamaica

Campbell hit 156 – his third first-class hundred – to power the Scorpions batting before rain drove the players off the field early and they never returned.
Campbell struck 11 fours and seven sixes from 183 balls in a 4 ¼ hours stay at the crease to inspire the remainder of the Scorpions batting of which skipper Paul Palmer was unbeaten on 68 and Brandon King made 63.

Left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St Clair was the most successful Red Force, taking 2-48 from 13 overs, but he and the rest of the visitors’ attack would have welcomed the rain interruption late in the day that saved them from further punishment.

Scorpions slipped to 36 for two early in the day before King and Campbell transformed the complexion of the game with some dynamic batting in a 157-run, third-wicket stand – at close to 5.5 runs an over –that put the Red Force attack on its heels.

King’s near two-hour stay at the crease yielded seven fours and three sixes from 107 balls before he his dismissal which brought Scorpions’ skipper Palmer to the crease to carry on the rampage with Campbell.

They shared 89 for the fourth wicket before Campbell’s masterpiece came to a close at the hands of veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan.

The rain however, soon arrived, to the delight of the Red Force, as Palmer and Fabian Allen were just about getting into the swing of thing.

Pride (394) vs Hurricanes 61-1 in Basseterre, St. Kitts

The lanky, languid Moseley gathered a resolute 117 and all-rounder Justin Greaves was unbeaten on 79, as the Pride were bowled out about 15 minutes after tea.

Cornwall, the Windies “A” Team off-spin all-rounder and Hurricanes captain, was the pick of his side’s bowlers, grabbing 5-113 from 51.3 overs and fast-medium bowler Jeremiah Louis supported with 3-80 from 23 overs on the typically unforgiving Warner Park surface.

Hurricanes suffered a setback, when former Kent pro Chesney Hughes fell for 17 before they reached 61 for one in reply when stumps were drawn with Windies “A” Team opener Montcin Hodge not out on 27 and Nkrumah Bonner not out on seven.

Moseley, playing his first season of #D4Day matches, struck 17 fours from 303 balls in close to 6 ½ hours at the crease to be the rock upon which the Pride built their total.

After resuming from his overnight total 70, he added 53 for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Jonathan Carter, as the Pride made a strong start to the day after they continued from 174 for two.

When Cornwall trapped Moseley lbw about 25 minutes before lunch, the Pride were 251 for five, but Greaves came to the crease and led a rearguard action with the bottom half of the batting to extend the Pride’s innings.

Greaves struck nine fours and one six from 141 balls in a shade over three hours. He shared 80 with Antigua & Barbuda-born, former Hurricanes leg-spinner Hayden Walsh, Jr, whose 38 helped to knock the wind out of the hosts, and then added 48 for the last wicket with Keon Harding to further frustrate the home team.

Volcanoes (117) & 127-6 vs Jaguars (194) in Providence, Guyana

Veteran Test left-handed opener Devon Smith was unbeaten on 49 and doing his best to hold things for the win-less Volcanoes.

After their captain Tyrone Theophile was caught behind for 16 following a painstaking opening stand with Smith, fast-medium bowler Sherfane Rutherford bowled Taryck Gabriel and trapped Miles Bascombe to set the decline in motion.

Volcanoes slumped to 71 for four before Donwell Hector came to the crease made 20 and stemmed the fall of wickets before Test left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul trapped him lbw and former Windies Under-19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Keemo Paul bowled Kyle Mayers for 11 to bring the curtain down on the day.

Earlier, Shillingford grabbed 4-36 from 18 overs, and pacers Sherman Lewis and Kyle Mayers shared five wickets, as the Jaguars endured one of their infrequent batting meltdowns.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, another veteran Test left-hander, led the way for the Jaguars with 59 and a few other batsmen including Tagenarine, his son, got starts without carrying on, but the home team would have been disappointed that they were dismissed for under 200 for the first time this season.

Their bowlers however, quickly brushed that aside and, perhaps, turned the Volcanoes’ joy into mourning, scything through their top order with delight.