Samuels confident Scorpions will bounce back
Head coach Robert Samuels is expressing hope and optimism that after losing their first game to Guyana, the Jamaica Scorpions will be able to bounce back and defeat the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the second round of the WICB Regional Four-day Championship at Sabina Park, starting today.
The match, one of three across the region on the weekend, is set to get underway at 10am.
"Coming out of the first game we had a lot of pluses despite us losing to Guyana,'' said Samuels, who is in his first stint at the helm.
"We prevented them from getting full batting points, we got some fast bowling points, and we got some batting points, which for the last couple of years we did not a batting point until about the fifth or sixth round.''
''I also mentioned before the start of the season that I want to put a 'TEAM' out on the park, and we did play as a team. We bowled well, we fielded well, and the energy was high.''
Currently fifth in the six team championship, Jamaica will enter the clash looking to improve on their batting, which yielded totals of 208 and 147 against the Guyanese at the Guyana National Stadium in their 182 runs defeat on the final day.
Samuels, a former West Indies opener, also says he is also encouraged heading into the encounter by the fact that the Windwards also lost their opener by nine wickets to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Queen's Park Oval.
Jamaica has made one change to the squad of 13 for the showdown with West Indies 'A' fast bowler, Reynard Leveridge, replacing injured seamer, Jason Dawes.
Leveridge returned prematurely from the West Indies 'A' team tour of Sri Lanka, after picking up a groin injury.
He has subsequently recovered and over the past two weeks represented the Jamaica Defence Force in the on-going Jamaica Cricket Association national one-day tournament.
Jamaica Scorpions (from) - Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Reynard Leveridge, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, MarquinoMindley, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton
Windward Volcanoes (from) - Liam Sebastien (captain), Sunil Ambris, Narsingh Deonarine, Tarryck Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Delorn Johnson, Mervin Matthew, Kenroy Peters, Jerlani Robinson, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Tyrone Theophile.