Akim Frazer's debut 8 wicket haul and unbeaten half-centuries from Jermaine Blackwood and Brandon King led the Jamaica Scorpions to their third win of the Cricket West Indies regional 4 day championship with an 8 wicket triumph over the defending champions Guyana Jaguars inside two days at Sabina Park on Friday. The Scorpions resumed Friday's 2nd day on 108-6, still trailing the Jaguars by 50 runs but lost their last 3 wickets cheaply to be 139 for 9 batting a man short.
The Jaguars went to lunch at 40-3 with the wicket of Sherfane Rutherford signalling the interval. On the resumption, the Jaguars' batting line-up was blown away with last man out Anthony Bramble at one stage threatening to derail the Scorpions charge before he was Jerome Taylor's 4th wicket in the session with the Jaguars 138 all out.
Frazer who had 4 wickets in the Jaguars first innings finished with 4-65 for a match haul of 8-134. With a first innings lead of 19 runs, it meant the Scorpions were asked to score 158 for the second time in the match but this time it was to achieve a famous victory.
Openers Paul Palmer Junior and Chadwick Walton started strongly with 8 runs coming off the first over. The second over though yielded the wicket of Walton for 3. Palmer was the next to go for 6 with Scorpions 15-2 midway the third over and a familiar collapse was on the cards.
However, Jermaine Blackwood and Brandon King combined and the two shared in an unbroken third wicket stand of 143 runs. Blackwood was the main aggressor, ending on 72 from 86 deliveries. His half-century included 3 fours and 5 sixes but also included 20 singles and five twos.
King who hit the winning run, ended on 66 with four four's and a six over mid-wicket as the Scorpions recorded their third win of the season and their first over the Guyana Jaguars in the last 5 seasons. The result means the Jaguars will have to wait a while longer to lift their 5th straight regional four day title while the Scorpions celebrated their first home win of the season.
Scores in the match: Guyana Jaguars 158 & 138; Jamaica Scorpions 139 & 158. The Scorpions will next be in action next week against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park, starting on February 28.