PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC — A breezy half-century from Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood failed to prevent a Jamaica Scorpions batting collapse on the opening day of their eighth round game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here yesterday.
The right-hander punched 68 off 84 balls Scorpions, asked to bat first at Queen’s Park Oval, were bowled out for a disappointing 201.
The hosts were tottering 49 for three but Hope combined with left-hander Yannic Cariah, who made 19 not out, to prop up the innings in an unbroken 30-run, fourth wicket partnership.
Hope has so far faced 121 balls in 2-1/2 hours at the crease and struck three fours.
Earlier, Scorpions, attempting to avoid a third straight defeat, did themselves no favours with a disappointing batting display.
Slumping at 150 for nine, they needed number 10 Derval Green’s robust 53 off 54 deliveries with eight fours and two sixes, to crest the 200-run mark.
Devon Thomas was the only other batsman to pass 20 with 23 of 35 balls.
Leg-spinner Imran Khan wrecked the innings with four for 28 while left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell picked up three for 34 and off-spinner Bryan Charles, two for 55.
Wobbling on 50 for three, Scorpions were rescued by a 51-run fourth wicket stand between Blackwood and Paul Palmer (13).
The right-handed Blackwood struck nine fours in an attractive innings but was one of six wickets to fall for 49 runs as Scorpions fell apart.