Jamaican Scorpion skipper Nikita Miller bowled brilliantly to bring his team right back into the contention in their eight round Digicel PCL cricket clash against the T&T Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, yesterday.
The former West Indies spinner grabbed 4/39 to precipitate a Red Force collapse which saw the last seven wickets tumbling for just 37 runs, as they were bowled out for 174 in reply to the Jamaicans first innings score of 201 all out. With a slender but vital lead of 26 runs, the Scorpions crawled to 172 for seven at the close of the second day. They begin play today with an overall lead of 199 runs with three wickets still standing.
Wickets were the order of the day again yesterday, as now 27 wickets have fallen in two days play.
After Red Force skipper Kyle Hope scored 67 and Yannic Carriah 45, the T&T Red Force looked good but again their batting failed. The local team’s bowlers came out fighting and at the close, they left their team with an outside chance of finishing good in this game.
Medium pacer Rayad Emrit bowled with great heart and reduced the Scorpions to 66 for five but Fabian Allen and Devon Thomas rescued them. Allen made 60 off 68 balls with five fours and four sixes, while Thomas stroked 38 of 59 balls with six fours.
Earlier, the T&T Red Force overnight pair of Hope and Carriah looked determined to continue in the same vein as they did the last evening. Resuming on 79 for three, both batted with patience and assurance and were able to inch the score along. Hope got past his half century and Carriah was right there giving good support.
The two added 88 runs for the fourth wicket before the veteran Miller got among them to spark a collapse that saw the last even wickets tumble for just 37 runs. Carriah fell leg before for 45 of 129 balls with six fours and was soon followed by Hope. The Barbadian was bowled by Miller for 67, having kept the Jamaicans at bay for 214 balls in which time he enjoyed six hits to the fence.
Miller, with help from the leg-spinner Damian Jacobs then ran through the rest of the batting and Red Force fell 27 runs short of a small first innings target of 201.