Coach Samuels hails 'vital' Scorpions win
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels believes his side has gained valuable momentum with their 'vital' win over tournament favourites Barbados Pride here Thursday night.
Previously unbeaten in six outings, Pride slumped to a 74-run defeat in the day/night contest at Kensington Oval, as Scorpions in turn won their fourth straight to build up ahead of next week's Regional Super50 semi-finals in Antigua.
"It (the win) was very vital. You do not want to lose twice to any team in the semi-finals," said the former Test batsman.
"Barbados beat us in the first game. I thought we should have won that game, scoring 191. They got there with just one wicket [left]. Today, we scored 250 and I thought it was enough."
Scorpions started the tournament with a shock defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, and lost their second when they narrowly went down to Pride six days later.
Since then, Scorpions have hardly missed a step and Samuels said it had been important to get the early jitters out of the way before the knockout round.
"In competitions like this, you will lose one and you do not want to lose one in the semi-finals or the final, so to get that one out of the way [was important]," Samuels pointed out.
Since then, Scorpions stepped up their game, with their batsmen especially finding their touch. In their last four outings, they have cracked 250 three times and got 204 in the other game.