…Walton and Blackwood smash centuriesTHE Jamaica Scorpions are through to the final of the WICB Regional Super50 after a commaning performance against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua last nightOn the way to a 292-run victory, the Scorpions, through centuries from Chadwick Walton and Jermaine Blackwood, racked up 434, more runs than any Caribbean team in history.Walton, who was disappointed when he got out at 117, started the ball brilliantly with Steven Taylor, who made 88.Jermaine Blackwood celebrates his century at Coolidge Cricket Ground.(Photos by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche PhotographyThe two shared in a 174-run opening stand that ended in the 22nd over. Blackwood would pick up the mantle, batting with Walton before the latter went with the score on 269 for two.By that time, Walton had faced just 96 deliveries, while Taylor took 71 to get to his total. Blackwood would then find a partner in Rovman Powell, who was jsut as keen to put his foot to the pedal, scoring 95 from 45 deliveries before he was bowled in the final over by Ravi Rampaul. The Red Force pacer would end with figures of 2-83.Blackwood would end unbeaten on 108 from 88 deliveries.If it was possible to bat a team out of a game, the Scorpions had done just that, and by the time Jerome Taylor, 3-27, and Reynard Leveridge, 2-31, had made some inroads into the top order, the game was over.When Powell, who came on to bowl later on in the T&T innings, started carrying over his arm, the momentum from his batting spilled over and he ended up with 5-36 on a pitch that it was assumed was good for batting.Only Jason Mohammed showed some fight, scoring a run-a-ball 62 with his captain, Denesh Ramdin, hanging around for 35 deliveries to score 27. The game was over in the 27th over, as Taylor took great pleasure in bowling Shannon Gabriel, who may want to forget this game as quickly as possible, for a duck.Earlier, Gabriel had bowled nine wicketless overs that yielded 91 runs. SCORPIONS+C Walton lbw b Imran Khan 117S Taylor c Ottley b Mohammed 88J Blackwood not out 108R Powell b Rampaul 95J Campbell c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 0Extras (b1, lb11, w12, nb2) 26TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 434To bat: D Thomas, A McCarthy, D Jacobs, *N Miller, J Taylor, R Leveridge.Fall of wickets: 1-174 (Taylor), 2-269 (Walton), 3-432 (Powell), 4-434 (Campbell).Bowling: Gabriel 9-0-91-0 (w3), Rampaul 10-0-83-2 (w1), Emrit 8.3-0-78-0 (w3, nb2), Pierre 6.3-0-77-0 (w1), Mohammed 6-1-24-1 (w1), Imran Khan 10-0-69-1 (w2).RED FORCEK Hope c Miller b Leveridge 17E Lewis c wkp Walton b Taylor 18K Ottley c wkp Walton b Leveridge 1J Mohammed not out 62N Alexis lbw b Taylor 0*+D Ramdin c wkp Walton b Powell 27I Khan c Blackwood b Powell 6R Emrit c Taylor b Powell 3K Pierre c wkp Walton b Powell 2R Rampaul c wkp Walton b Powell 0S Gabriel b Taylor 0Extras (b1, lb1, w4) 6TOTAL (all out, 26.3 overs) 142Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Lewis), 2-38 (Hope), 3-39 (Ottley), 4-40 (Alexis), 5-103 (Ramdin), 6-118 (Khan), 7-136 (Emrit), 8-141 (Pierre), 9-141 (Rampaul), 10-142 (Gabriel)Bowling: Taylor 5.3-0-27-3, Leveridge 5-1-31-2 (w2), Jacobs 3-0-24-0 (w1), Powell 8-1-36-5, Miller 5-0-22-0 (w1)
By Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – India’s disciplined bowling attack dominated New Zealand before intermittent rain washed out the rest of yesterday’s play in the first Cricket World Cup semi-final which will continue today.The 2015 finalists were 211-5 in 46.1 overs when rain forced the players off the field and match officials waited for more than four hours before deciding to take the game to its reserve day.“Weather permitting, play will recommence tomorrow at 10:30hrs (0930GMT) from the point at which it was halted,” the governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.“New Zealand will be required to complete their 50-over innings, with India still to bat.“Should adverse weather continue throughout the reserve day the match may be shortened. India will be required to bat for at least 20 overs to complete the match.”The abandoned June 13 group contest between the teams was one of the record four ‘no-result’ matches in the rain-hit tournament.Ross Taylor will resume on 67 with Tom Latham on three after New Zealand failed to vindicate skipper Kane Williamson’s decision to bat first at Old Trafford.MAIDEN OVERSWilliamson won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat at a venue where teams batting first had won all five previous matches.Openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls found themselves straitjacketed by India’s new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom began with maiden overs.New Zealand had to wait until the 17th delivery to get off the mark, while their first boundary came in the final delivery of the fourth over.Bumrah dismissed Guptill for one but Williamson again came to his team’s rescue with a classy 67, his fourth 50-plus score in the tournament which includes two centuries.More importantly, the right-hander stitched together two half-century partnerships, first with Nicholls then with Taylor, to resuscitate New Zealand even though boundaries dried up.His side went through nearly 14 overs without a boundary and Williamson fell to an uncharacteristic soft dismissal, slicing Yuzvendra Chahal to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.Taylor brought up his fifty with the only six of the New Zealand innings and successfully overturned a leg-before decision when on 56.India’s trusted five-bowler policy nearly backfired with Hardik Pandya hobbling off the field with a hip injury before returning to complete his full quota of 10 overs.Hosts England play defending champions Australia in the second semi-final tomorrow.