RECORD LOW Captained then by spinner Nikita Miller, Jamaica made 188 for nine off their allotment of 50 overs, to which Guyana replied with 189 for four. A season earlier, Jamaica were blown away for a record low 49 at the same stage by hosts Trinidad and Tobago, who replied with 51 for three. “It’s a pretty decent squad, full of talent and confidence and I am expecting a lot,” noted Bennett. “The preparation was good, with four trial matches and a practice match and, in addition, the team has gelled well.” The Scorpions, after their first three group games, are slated to welcome West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor and batsman Jermaine Taylor, who are currently in Australia with the West Indies team. They are down to replace emerging pacer Nicholson Gordon and Shacaya Thomas, who are not part of the original 14-man squad, but has been added as cover. Jamaica will start against the Trinidadians tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Oval, before going up against ICC Americas on Saturday at the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground. They are then slated to face Barbados next Monday, also at Queen’s Park, in their third group fixture. The teams will then replay each other, before the top two from the group advance to the semi-finals. Guyana, co-hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and Windward Island Volcanoes will contest Group B. Jamaica Scorpions squad: 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. After surrendering at the semi-final stages of the WICB NAGICO Super50 for the past two seasons, Jamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett is hoping to go better this time. The team, with new captain John Campbell, is considered one of the tournament favourites alongside co-hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Barbados Pride and Guyana Jaguars. “The aim is to definitely go beyond the semi-finals this year,” stated Bennett, prior to the team’s departure on Monday. “Last year we played fairly well in early stages, but the luck just did not go our way.” Jamaica, who last tasted regional one-day success in 2011 – under the captaincy of Chris Gayle – defeated Leeward Islands Hurricanes by nine wickets, before losing to Trinidad by 17 runs in their second fixture of the 2014 season. They then rallied to beat West Indies Under-19s by nine wickets in their third fixture to qualify. They were, however, beaten by Guyana Jaguars by six wickets in the semi-finals.
The spokesman of the government of Sierra Leone, Mr. Abdulai Bayraytay, said his government is awaiting the scientific report from the committee responsible for the fight against the Ebola pandemic in that country, before a determination is made on the success of the three-day lockdown.In a telephone interview with a Liberian journalist yesterday, Mr. Bayraytay disclosed that the lockdown, which started last Friday, was welcomed by the majority and that some are even suggesting that it continues.Mr. Bayraytay was, however, quick to point out that any decision by government to carry out a monthly three-day lockdown as suggested by many residents in the country, will depend on the outcome of the scientific report from field workers used during the lockdown.About 30,000 fieldworkers were trained and deployed throughout the country of over six million people.Mr. Bayraytay disclosed that the amount of US$1.6 Million was used during the lockdown, with the amount of US$700,000.00 from the coffers of the Government of Sierra Leone, while the rest came from friends of the country and NGOs.During the lockdown, Mr. Bayraytay said over150 people willingly reported to the nearest holding or isolation centre to be tested.The curfew in Sierra Leone came into force on Friday morning, with most of the country’s six million inhabitants confined to their homes.Around 30,000 medical volunteers travelled to affected neighborhoods to find patients and distribute soap.Deputy Chief Medical Officer Sarian Kamara said authorities had managed to discover 22 new cases of the virus during the curfew.”Had they not been discovered, they would have greatly increased transmission,” he said.He also said between 60 and 70 Ebola victims were buried during the three days of the lockdown, and that the authorities had managed to discover 22 new cases of the virus during the curfew.The three-day curfew is the most aggressive measure yet taken against the virus by a West African country.Sierra Leone has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak, with more than 550 victims among the 2,600 deaths so far recorded.Like Sierra Leone, Liberia is currently battling with the Ebola pandemic, and its citizens and residents are presently observing a 90-day state of emergency declared in August by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)