NEW CONDITIONS The first-ever day-night first-class showdown at Sabina Park will be played starting today when second-place Jamaica Scorpions take on lowly-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes in return-leg action of the Digicel WICB Four-day Tournament. Scheduled for a 3 p.m. start and a 10 p.m. end each day, the matchup will represent the first time a traditional regional encounter will be held under floodlights at the venue, following similar staging of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 over the past four years. A new feature as the West Indies Cricket Board seeks to improve the attractiveness of the sport and tournament, the match also represents the turn of Jamaica to host their one-off day-night contest. This is based on a new rule which mandates each of the six participating teams to host a day-night duel. ”It’s good to know that we will be playing our first first-class game under lights at home and the players are really looking forward it,” expressed Jamaica captain, Nikita Miller. “We don’t know what to expect as yet as it will be new conditions, but whatever it is, we are planning to approach things carefully, assess as best as we can, and execute.” The match ball will be pink instead of the customary white ball, as well as black sight-screens instead of white, and the encounter will see both teams looking to get their campaigns back on track following defeats last weekend. The Scorpions, who had hosted title-holders Guyana Jaguars, went down by seven wickets, while the Hurricanes, playing away to Barbados Pride, were beaten by an innings and 26 runs at Kensington Oval. Jamaica, who defeated the Hurricanes by an innings and 73 runs at Warner Park in first leg action, has made two changes to their mandatory 13-member squad. Pace all-rounder Rovman Powell, who missed the Guyana match due to West Indies duties, and left-arm spin all-rounder Fabian Allen have been included, while out-of-form batsman John Campbell and pace all-rounder, Derval Green have been dropped. Interestingly, Campbell is the Scorpions leading runs scorer, however, after a dismal regional Super50 campaign and an out-of-sorts-looking batting display against Guyana, the Junior Bennett-led selection panel acted. The Leewards, in the meantime, who are being captained by Kieran Powell, have named an unchanged squad. “The team vibes is still good despite us coming off a loss. It is just that we had a bad game,” said Hurricanes captain Kieran Powell. “We will attempt to correct that by trying to better execute our duties, and I am confident that we can.” The game will also be the final home match for the Scorpions. Three rounds of matches remain after this tie. Jamaica Scorpions (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, AndrÈ McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Paul Palmer Jr, Jerome Taylor, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton Leeward Hurricanes (from): Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Jason Campbell, Kaecy Carty, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Jermaine Otto, Gavin Tonge, Hayden Walsh Jr.
0Shares0000De Gea could miss Liverpool tie due to hamstring injury. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 16 – David de Gea’s availability for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool is uncertain after picking up a suspected hamstring injury while on international duty.Spain booked their place at Euro 2020 as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Sweden, but United will be more concerned with the health of their goalkeeper, who limped out of the action. The 28-year-old goalkeeper hobbled off after an hour of the game, and there are now big concerns in the United camp that he will be unable to play against Liverpool at Old Trafford in a huge game on Sunday afternoon.In an innocuous-looking incident, De Gea immediately grabbed the back of his thigh after clearing a backpass from his own player, and there are fears he may have pulled his hamstring.He sat on the ground in his six-yard box before making his own way off the pitch accompanied by the Spanish medical team.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the injury is not serious and will be anxiously waiting for an update on his fitness.Spain did not comment after the game, but even if it is not serious, the keeper has to be rated as an early doubt for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s men. 0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)