New-look Scorpions seeking first win
The Jamaica Scorpions will be seeking revenge on foreign soil when they tackle the Windward Islands Volcanoes in Grenada, January 17 to 20, as action continues in the West Indies Championship. The Scorpions, yet to register a win in the tournament, anchor the six-team table. In their previous meeting with the Volcanoes at Sabina Park from January 4 to 7, the Scorpions surrendered a leading position, eventually losing the encounter.
Coach Robert Haynes has expressed disappointment with the Scorpion batting but is hopeful of a change in fortunes as the team travels.
"Our mission is to get points and further, to win that match. They beat us in Jamaica; we saw their team, we know what they have. Our players have to assess the situation and apply themselves; the team needs to occupy the crease for much longer, frustrate their bowlers and make runs. It can be done," said Haynes ahead of the team's departure.
The head coach added, "The bowling has been exceptional, but the letdown is in the field; the catching has been bad. It's a matter that needs constant work. It's related to their attitude in relation to their concentration levels."
There are three notable exclusions from the team. Rovman Powell is nursing a groin injury and will be assessed by the team's doctor in the coming days, while Nikita Miller and Oshane Thomas are being rested as part of managing their workload. They have been replaced by batsman Brandon King, medium-pace bowler Derval Green and pace bowler Jerome Taylor.
Skipper Paul Palmer Jr says the team is out to get revenge for the loss against the Volcanoes.
"Our approach is that each game from here on in is a final and, therefore, every game is a must-win."
The Scorpions' captain believes that the changes made in this travelling squad still make the team competitive.
"We've lost the experienced Miller, but Taylor comes with a wealth of that, too. King will certainly strengthen our batting and we have Derval Green back from injury. So, we're not losing out in any department. It's just for us to apply ourselves and execute a winning plan," he added.
Meanwhile medium-pacer Derval Green is happy to be injury-free and back in the Scorpions set-up.
"My recovery has been good. I thank the physiotherapists and doctors for their work. I'm always honoured to represent my country, so I look forward to making this trip count. I always have a hunger to do well; so, I will give my absolute best and hope to remain injury-free."
Jamaica departed the island for Grenada yesterday.