Jamaica can win - Bennett

February 11, 2016

Jamaica Scorpions head coach Junior Bennett believes the team have a realistic chance of winning the West Indies Cricket Board First-Class Championship.

Mid-way the competition, the Scorpions sit third in the six-team championship on 53 points, 10 fewer than Barbados Pride, and 32 off runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars.

"We have to remain positive about it (winning)," said Bennett, whose charges have a win three, two loss record.

"It's just matter of a good second half right now."

Bennett said the team needed to focus on getting more batting and bowling points.

These points would be crucial in getting the team closer to Guyana and, in the process, setting up a closer title race.

"We have to play consistently well in the second half, and collect batting, and bowling points, especially," said Bennett.

"Once (we) can collect those batting bonus points, it simply means that it would have given (us) a good team total, which is extremely important to win matches."

Twelve points are awarded to outright winners, with additional batting and bowling points given for the performance of teams in the first 110 overs of the first innings.

Five batting points are awarded for team scores of over 400; four for 350 to 399; three for 300 to 349; two for 250 to 299; and one for 200 to 249 runs.

This is in comparison to a maximum of three bonus points, which are awarded for bowling inside the first 110 overs.

Three points are awarded for teams claiming nine to 10 wickets, two for six to eight wickets, and one for three to five wickets.

Jamaica will play bottom-place Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua in the sixth round, starting today.

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