A winning start. That is the objective that is being echoed by Jamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett, as the team heads into battle today with defending champions and co-hosts, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the feature game of the opening round of the WICB NAGICO Super50 Tournament at Queen’s Park Oval.One of four matches on the day, the day/night Group A encounter, which can be seen on television network ESPN Caribbean, is slated to bowl off at 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time.”We will be looking (for) a positive start, a winning start, as we don’t want to play catch-up cricket,” said Bennett.”They are at home and we expect their fans to be heavily behind them. But we are not daunted.”We have prepared well and our confidence level is good.”Beaten at the semi-final stage last year, the Scorpions will enter the encounter under the supervision of first-time captain, John Campbell.The 22-year-old opener, a former West Indies Under-19 vice-captain, will be participating in his third Super50 and will be hoping to rise to the occasion, particularly as it relates to the batting unit.The batting is fairly young with former captain and veteran, Tamar Lambert, the most experienced.It also includes Antiguan-born Devon Thomas, the in-form AndrÈ McCarthy, Shacaya Thomas, Guyanese-born opener Trevon Griffith and the exciting Brandon King.West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood is set to join the team after the first three of six group fixtures.The Scorpions’ bowling, in the meanwhile – in the absence of Jerome Taylor, who is also scheduled to join the team for the latter stages – will be led by left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and ever-reliable left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller.”It’s a balanced unit, a little bit of inexperience, but a raw-talented one with a lot of potential,” stated Bennett.The Red Force, in the meanwhile, are bereft of their most established players like Jamaica, due to either West Indies or worldwide Twenty20 leagues.TOPPLAYERSTheir most experienced players will be Guyanese-born batsman Narsingh Deonarine, fast bowling all-rounder Rayad Emrit, emerging batsman Jason Mohammed and leg-spinner Imran Khan.The other matchup in Group A will see 2014 winners Barbados Pride against ICC Americas at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Ground.Meanwhile, in Group B, which will be contested in St Kitts and Nevis, home of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, the hosts will face Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners at Warner Park, while at St Paul’s, last year’s runners-up Guyana Jaguars will meet Windward Islands Volcanoes.TEAMS:Jamaica Scorpions:- John Campbell (captain), Trevon Griffith, Jermaine Harrison, Andre McCarthy, Jermaine Blackwood, Tamar Lambert, Brandon King, Devon Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Aldaine Thomas, Marquino Mindley, Sheldon Cotterell, Jerome Taylor. Reserves: Shacaya Thomas, Nicholson Gordon.Trinidad Red Force:- Jason Mohammed, Yannick Ottley, Steven Katwaroo, Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Narsingh Deonarine, Kjorn Ottley, Kevon Cooper, Akeal Hosein Imran Khan, Philton Williams, Marlon Richards, Rayad Emrit, Jon Ros Jagessar.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Legendary Sri Lankan strokemaker Kumar Sangakarra says he is already looking forward to the “enchanting” experience the Caribbean holds after being selected to represent Jamaica Tallawahs in the fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) starting in June. The 38-year-old left-hander is one of the most sought-after batsmen in the game’s shortest format and will join the likes of superstar opener Chris Gayle and exciting all-rounder André Russell in a formidable Tallawahs unit over the summer. “Over my 15 years playing international cricket, I only toured the West Indies twice, aside from playing in ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and the ICC World T20 in 2010, but every time I played here, it was a special experience,” Sangakkara said. He added: “When you play in the Caribbean, you can’t help but be enchanted by the public who makes playing here so special. They’re passionate, fun, and extremely knowledgeable. The island feel and the music and traditions of the Caribbean are amazing and I can’t wait to get back.” INITIAL SUCCESS Sangakkara tasted success with the Tallawahs in the inaugural year of the tournament when the Gayle-led side beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final in Port-of-Spain. Now retired from international cricket, Sangakkara said that he was anxious to build on this success. “I am extremely excited to be part of the Jamaica Tallawahs again this year, having enjoyed being part of the squad who went on to win the inaugural trophy back in 2013. The CPL is a competition that is growing year on year and the quality is extremely high,” the former Sri Lankan captain said. He continued: “Our goal with the Tallawahs is to build game by game and go on and try to win the competition. We have some outstanding players such as Chris Gayle, AndrÈ Russell and Chadwick Walton, and we will aim to build a cohesive side and add strength, which I believe we have done now. “It’s clear that there has been real growth in popularity and appeal in the CPL, and with the quality of cricketers who have been attracted across all of the teams, this could be the best year yet.” read more
Past the finishing postCaymanas Park Results for April 24, 2016Track Condition : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. MIRACLE RECOVERY RLahoe 52.02. BURNING MEDIC OEdwards3 52.0 1-1/4L3. CLEARLY OURS JPatterson3 52.0 9/5 2-1/2L*4. WINESHA LSteadman2 53.5 1/2L NeckWIN: $1043.00PLACE: $224.00, $155.00, $82.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 9yo b mare – FOOTLOOSE II – LOST THE EXITTrainer : MICHAEL MCINTOSH Owner : DONOVAN RUSSELLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $1,521.00 Ex: $5,699.00Superfecta: $10,571.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 53.02. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger3 53.0 1L3. PERFECT GOLD DDawkins3 50.0 5L4. REAL VIBES MACHINE ARobles 55.0 2-1/2LWIN: $168.00PLACE: $71.00, $70.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.3, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – JUST A FLUTTERTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: ANDRE ADAMSBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYNOTE: HORSE #2 BARS OF GOLD WON THE RACE, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 6TH.Qu: $425.00 Ex: $651.00D/E : $7,505.00Superfecta: $1,863.00Race 3 1300 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)1. KIRI DDawkins3 51.02. BRAVE PROSPECT AChatrie 54.0 1/2L3. LEGAL ACCOUNT MWard4 48.0 2-1/2L4. BIG GEORGE OWalker 56.0 1-3/4LWIN: $406.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, 1:13.4Winner : 4yo b filly – BIRDSTONE – BOOTLESSTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by IAN PARSARDQu: $601.00 Ex: $1,516.00D/E: $1,804.00Trifecta: $3,164.00Rolling Triple: $97,804.00Race 4 1800 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. MONTEGONIAN CBudhai 54.02. RED PARROT OWalker 53.0 2 3/4L3. GUAVA GROUND DBeharie 55.0 Head4. OLD BRAETON DDawkins3 49.0 4LWIN: $202.00PLACE: $127.00, $117.00, $210.00Final Time : 1:57.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.0, 1:13.1, 1:41.3Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – SWAPPING SECRETSTrainer : GORDON LEWIS Owner : ANTHONY HARTBred by TONY HARTQu: $729.00 Ex: $1,594.00D/E: $1,487.00Superfecta: $59,678.00Rolling Triple: $7,720.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. TARANTINO JInnis3 51.02. GOLD SCREW WHenry 56.0 Neck3. MINY LEE DDawkins3 52.0 7-1/2L4. SNEAK PEEK SEllis 56.0 1LWIN: $286.00PLACE: $108.00, $174.00, $149.00Final Time : 2:01.3 Splits : 27.0, 52.2, 1:18.2, 1:45.4Winner : 4yo b colt – FILM DIRECTOR – SEEMELATERTrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : PAUL LUMSDENBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $827.00 Ex: $2,257.00D/E: $1,000.00Superfecta: $6,198.00Rolling Triple: $8,812.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #5 BAD BOY JUSTIN SEllis 54.0*2. #6 FRANKENSTORM WHenry 56.0 3/4L3. #8 SHADE OF BEAUTY OMullings 52.0 3-1/4L4. #2 AUNT HILDA RMcNaughton 52.5 NoseLate scratch : #9 DIFERENTGENERATIONWIN: $214.00PLACE: $66.00, $55.00, $93.00Final Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRACKING – FIRE REDTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : NORRIS PHINNBred by PHILIP A. AZARQu: $185.00 Ex: $466.00D/E: $1,349.00Superfecta: $3,945.00Rolling Triple : $6,540.00Race 7 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. SURE MAN SEllis 55.02. WHO’S BOSSY JInnis3 49.0 Neck3. LITTLE RHEA AChatrie 53.0 1L4. RASHAIDA BBell 51.0 3/4L5. TRACKING DANIEL OEdwards3 50.0 6LWIN: $191.00PLACE: $95.00, $236.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:43.4 Splits : 24.1, 47.2, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b colt – MIRACLE MAN – LADY KUMARITrainer : JOSEPH THOMAS Owner : PATRICK HALLBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $2,096.00 Ex: $6,396.00D/E: $893.00Trifecta: $7,868.00Hi-5: $341,313.50Rolling Triple: $6,762.00Super-6: $173,986.30SIMPLY MAGIC CUPRace 8 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. MR. DOITBETTA HPottinger3 51.02. BABY P OEdwards3 50.0 3-1/2L3. DR. TRAIN AChatrie 51.0 1/2L4. THE PROMISE LAND WHenry 51.0 HeadWIN: $276.00PLACE: $112.00, $271.00, $71.00Final Time : 1:57.2 Splits : 26.1, 51.1, 1:16.3, 1:43.1Winner : 3yo colt – VIBANK – OLYMPIC ADVICETrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner: LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $8,240.00 Ex: $11,358.00D/E : $3,176.00Superfecta : Carry-over : $146,945.50Rolling Triple : $18,102.00PlacePot 8: Carry-over : $281,838.75Race 9 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. UNCLE CHUBBY AChatrie 54.0 4/1 265.00 195.002. COOL U BOOTS RMcNaughton 53.0 6/1 2 255.003. QUEEN OF THE TOWN AndreePowell4 48.0 26/1 1 1/4 431.004. MEGAHERTZ JPatterson3 49.0 6/1 3 1/45. FRISSON BBell 52.0 10/1 HeadLate scratch : #10 SIR ROLAND, #12 TWILIGHT ROCKETWIN: $265.00PLACE: $195.00, $255.00, $431.00Final Time : 1:31.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, 1:15.2,Winner : 5yo b colt – SIR RODWELL – KATHYTHETRAINATrainer : RAY PHILLIPS Owner : SCANBred by TREVOR JAMESQu: $1,574.00 Ex: $2,145.00D/E: $2,051.00 (2-10) $495.00Trifecta: $44,738.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $94,097.25Rolling Triple: $37,276.00Pick-4: $216,832.00Super-6: $8,598.20 Carry-over : $1,109,179.50Pick-9: $11,464.00; $210.00 Carry-over : $4,273,653.30 read more