Campbell vows to lead Scorpions by example

May 17, 2022
Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell.
Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell.

After claiming the MVP award at the recently concluded Dream11 T10 competition for the Middlesex United Stars, Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell will be hoping that his table-topping runs scoring form will continue when the Jamaican franchise takes on The Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies Four-day Championship starting tomorrow in Trinidad.

In his 10 innings in the T10 tournament, Campbell scored three half-centuries with a top score of 82 in his 302 runs, and the left-hander is keen to add another century and more to his over 213 runs that he has scored in the two matches played so far in the 2022 four-day season.

A masterful 127 against Barbados prompted the West Indies selectors to re-call Campbell against England, however, modest returns in the Test series have fuelled Campbell to go out and get more runs to prove his worth.

"For every batsman, whenever they go out to bat, they look to score a hundred and it's no different for me. It doesn't happen all the time but that is my aim," Campbell said.

The last couple of weeks was all about attacking cricket for Campbell and a number of the Jamaican batsmen who took part in the T10 tournament, however, the 28-year-old says preparations for the longer format have been going well, and it is all about execution tomorrow.

"We had the opportunity of playing a three-day practice game before we left Jamaica, and we had quite a few net sessions with coach [Andre] Coley before and after the T10s where we focused on the longer format," Campbell said.

It is no fluke that the Jamaica team has not found their mojo in this year's competition as they are at the foot of the table on 8.8 points from their two games.

With that said, Campbell is keen to put those two losses against Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados behind him and start afresh to put some more points on the table with three rounds remaining.

"The previous two rounds were some time ago and it's almost as though we're starting from zero again, though the points standing won't reflect that," he said. "What we must do now in this round is to start well and execute what we have been doing in practice."

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