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Miller blames pitch for Scorpions loss

Jamaica Gleaner / Captain Nikita Miller has pointed to pitch and playing conditions, as well as poor application, as the main reasons as to why the Jamaica Scorpions fell to a 34-runs defeat to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on the weekend at Sabina Park.

The contest, the first day-night first-class fixture to be played at the venue, saw the Leewards scoring 71 and 133 and Jamaica replying with a record-low 56 and 114.

The match was also contested over two days, with the first day abandoned due to rain and a waterlogged outfield and the fourth and final day not coming into play.

“It was a challenging pitch, which was not at the standard it should have been playing a day-night game,” Miller said.

“But, having said that, I think the weather played a factor in the preparation of the pitch as it had been raining days leading up to the start of the game.

“It’s fair to say, therefore, that the pitch did not get to dry out properly, and it played a role in both teams getting bowled out cheaply, especially in the first innings.

SECONDDAY Beginning on the second day, the game saw fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Marquino Mindley making brilliant use of the conditions.

The experienced Taylor, who was recently recalled to the West Indies Twenty20 team, and Mindley, playing in his third game of the season, got the ball to swing appreciably in and out, as well bounce sharply, which mesmerised the Leewards batsmen.

Taylor ended the first innings with five for 31 and Mindley, two for 13.

It was then the turn of the Leewards fast bowlers to make their presence felt. They were led by their experienced Gavin Tonge, and emerging West Indies speedster Alzarri Joseph and young Jeremiah Louis.

Louis claimed an exceptional four for four; Tonge an impressive four for 16; while Joseph, who started the Scorpions demise, took two for 36.

The second innings then saw Taylor and pace all-rounder Rovman Powell leading the way for Jamaica with two wickets each, and Joseph and Louis taking five for 43 and four for 23, respectively.

“Though the conditions were challenging, we should have batted better in both innings,” continued Miller.

“We should have shown more fight, more guts and determination, and batted more sensibly, as some of us got out by playing some stupid shots.”

Jamaica, who, over the course of the last two rounds of matches has fallen from first to third, will next play Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in eight-round action in Port-of-Spain, starting on Friday.

The tournament consists of 10 rounds.

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