KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – There were precious few sparks on a drama-less final day as the third round game between Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride ended in a dull draw at Sabina Park here yesterday.Resuming the day on 153 for four, Pride failed to muster anything spectacular enough to turn the tide and were dismissed for 273 nearly an hour after lunch.Wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud struck 36 and captain Kevin Stoute, 31, while Justin Greaves finished on 22 not out.Debutant left-arm spinner Fabian Allen claimed three for 34 while fast bowler Reynard Leveridge (2-28), captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (2-65) and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs (2-69) all picked up two wickets each.Trailing by 49 on first innings, Scorpions confidently reached the close on 112 for two, with opener John Campbell missing out on his second half-century of the game with 49 and opening partner Shacaya Thomas getting 43.Test left-arm spinner claimed two for 29.Pride walked away from the rain-ravaged outing with nine points while the hosts picked up 7.6.The visitors made a safe start to the day as Stoute and Rampersaud stretched their overnight fifth-wicket stand to 67.Left-hander Rampersaud was ultra-patient in a knock requiring 133 deliveries and 144 minutes while Stoute, a right-hander, struck two fours and two sixes off 87 balls.Once the partnership was broken, Pride lost their last six wickets for 53 runs, after going to lunch at 237 for seven.Faced with a tricky period before tea, Scorpions’ fears were eased by Campbell and Thomas who put on 92 for the first wicket.The left-handed Campbell, unbeaten on 45 at the interval with Scorpions on 81, faced 66 balls and struck nine fours while Thomas hit six fours in a 60-ball knock.SCORPIONS 1st innings 224PRIDE 1st innings (o/n 153 for four)O. Phillips c Campbell b Green 4A. Alleyne b Allen 66S. Brooks b Jacobs 44R. Chase lbw b Miller 23K. Stoute c Leveridge b Miller 31M. Rampersaud c Campbell b Leveridge 36K. Williams b Allen 2J. Greaves not out 22K. Roach c wkp. Thomas b Leveridge 0J. Warrican lbw b Jacobs 19N. Charles c Thomas b Allen 2Extras: (b-10, lb-11, w-3) 24Total: (all out, 103.5 overs) 273Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-116, 3-153, 4-153, 5-220, 6-233, 7-236, 8-238, 9-268.Bowling: Leveridge 11-2-28-2, Green 14-4-32-1, Blackwood 1-0-1-0, Jacobs 22-3-68-2, Miller 35-11-65-2, Allen 12.5-2-34-3, McCarthy 5-1-10-0, Campbell 3-0-14-0.SCORPIONS 2nd inningsJ. Campbell c Stoute b Warrican 49S. Thomas lbw b Warrican 43J. Blackwood not out 13D. Thomas not out 4Extras: (lb-2, nb-1) 3Total: (2 wkts, 33 overs) 112Fall of wickets: 1-92, 2-101.Bowling: Roach 4-0-32-0, Greaves 3-0-19-0, Warrican 13-3-29-2, Charles 13-1-30-0.Points: Pride 9, Scorpions 7.6.
Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe explains USWNT’s celebrations amid criticism Megan Rapinoe has overcome a hamstring injury to return to the United States’ starting XI for the Women’s World Cup final, while Lieke Martens has also been handed a start for Netherlands following a fitness test.USA forward Rapinoe, who has scored five goals in France, missed the semifinal win over England with a “slight hamstring strain,” but trained the following day and said all week she expected to be fit. However, despite not being involved in the portion of training open to the media on Saturday, she is healthy enough to take her place in Sarina Wiegman’s side. Related News Martens’ status was less assured, the Barcelona star having come off at halftime in the semifinals win over Sweden due to a toe injury she sustained when celebrating her winner against Japan in the round of 16. Christen Press, who replaced Rapinoe and scored the first goal against England, reverts back to the bench as one of two changes in the USA team, with Sam Mewis also coming in for Lindsey Horan.The Dutch have made just one change, Anouk Dekker replacing Merel van Dongen.The teams are in! #USANED#FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/iCjt3NLAuj— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019