Scorpions being backed to fire in Super50

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January 23, 2017
Wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo (left) watches Andre McCarthy cut on the first day of the fourth round match between Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Sabina Park.

KINGSTON, CMC:

Jamaica Scorpions believe they have the side capable of challenging strongly in the Regional Super50 which bowls off next Tuesday.

While the 14-man squad will be missing the likes of superstars Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, it will feature the likes of Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood, limited overs all-rounder Rovman Powell, along with a slate of emerging players.

"It's a fairly balanced squad and the captain will have options there," chairman of selectors Junior Bennett said ahead of the side's departure for the January 24 to February 18 tournament.

"We have three out-and-out spinners, and you have three fast bowlers plus Rovman Powell, who bowls medium pace." Recently retired Test seamer, Jerome Taylor, has been included in the line-up and joins Reynard Leveridge and Gavon Brown in the fast bowling department.

Captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller heads the slow bowling, with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, and debutant off-spinner Damani Sewell also included.

Powell, along with Blackwood, opener John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Devon Thomas are all hard-hitting batsmen, a feature which Miller believes will be an asset to Scorpions.

"It's an exciting squad with a lot of aggressive players in the team, and I'm looking forward to this tournament," Miller said.

"From the top to the end, we have a lot of aggressive cricketers by nature and I believe we'll do well."

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