Campbell 100 leads Scorpions charge
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC):
Opener John Campbell plundered his second first class hundred as Jamaica Scorpions turned the page on a series of ordinary recent performances, with a strong effort on yesterday's opening day of their penultimate round contest against Windward Islands Volcanoes.
The left-hander carved out a career-best 135, an innings that propelled the visitors to 284 for five at the close at the Arnos Vale Stadium.
Paul Palmer celebrated his return to the team and to the captaincy with an unbeaten 31 while Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 27 and Antiguan Devon Thomas, 24 not out.
Off-spinner Liam Sebastien (2-74) and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy (2-91) finished with two wickets apiece.
Opting to bat first in an attempt to reverse a trend of four consecutive defeats, Scorpions started positively when Campbell and Shacaya Thomas put up 39 for the first wicket.
Thomas made 14 in just over an hour at the crease and his departure, leg before wicket to Barbadian medium pacer Kyle Mayers, saw Campbell inspire three successive half-century stands to keep the innings going.
He put on 72 for the second wicket with Barbadian Kirk Edwards who made 24, another 58 for the third wicket with Andre McCarthy who scored 20, and 53 for the fourth wicket with Blackwood.