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Palmer explodes on Red
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Jamaica Scorpions captain Paul Palmer completed his maiden first-class hundred, but he was upstaged by newcomer Odean Smith, whose sensational, boundary-studded half-century put their side in an impregnable position against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday.
Palmer became the second century-maker for his side, gathering a resolute 136, to follow John Campbell’s 156 on the previous day, but it was Smith that captured the headlines, as the Scorpions were bowled out for 535, replying to the Red Force’s first innings total of 243, around an hour before the scheduled close on the third day of their sixth-round match at Sabina Park.
Smith, a former West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning fast bowler, smashed one four along with an incredible seven sixes in 54 from just 27 balls in just under half-hour to dominate the last two stands of the innings and further frustrate the visitors.
Left-arm fast-medium bowler Daniel St Clair was the most successful Red Force bowler, poached four for 68 from 19 overs, veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan had easily his most forgettable spell in R4Day matches, but still ended with 3-180 from 37 overs, and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre scalped 2-83 from 26 overs.
The Scorpions tightened their grip on the match, when fast bowler Reynard Leveridge had left-handed opener Amir Jangoo caught by Smith in the deep for nine, as the Red Force reached 21 for one when stumps were drawn, still 271 in arrears.
The Red Force bowlers seems to have things under control after the Scorpions resumed from their overnight total of 318 for four – and the pressure seemed to have taken a toll on Fabian Allen and he fell to Khan for 16 in the 11th over of the day.
Scorpions vs Red Force 3rd day
RED FORCE 1st Innings 243
SCORPIONS 1st Innings
(overnight 318 for four)
J Campbell c Webster b Khan 156
T Griffith c Ramdin b St Clair 4
A Fudadin lbw b St Clair 0
B King c Ramdin b Pierre 63
P Palmer b Charles 136
F Allen c Ramdin b Khan 16
A Thomas lbw b St Clair 49
D Green c Ramdin b Pierre 25
D Jacobs b Khan 5
O Smith b St Clair 54
R Leveridge not out 0
Extras (b2, lb9, w2, nb14) 27
TOTAL (all out, 126 overs) 535
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-36,
3-193, 4-282, 5-347,
6-438, 7-476, 8-476, 9-515
Bowling: Primus 15-2-78-0 (nb7, w2);
St Clair 19-5-67-4 (nb6);
Webster 4-0-23-0 (nb1);
RED FORCE 2nd Innings
A Jangoo c Smith b Leveridge 9
J Solozano not out 8
Y Cariah not out 0
Extras (b4) 4
TOTAL (1 wkt, 8 overs) 21
Fall of wickets: 1-21
Bowling: Green 4-0-13-0;
Position: Red Force trail by 271 with nine second innings wickets standing
Umpires: J Williams, G Brathwaite (Barbados)
Match referee: D Hayles
Reserve umpire: R Samuels
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