first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions jeopardised their chances of a semi-final spot in the Regional Super50 when they stumbled to a 73-run defeat at the hands of Barbados Pride following another weak batting effort here yesterday. Chasing 247 for victory at the National Cricket Centre, Scorpions collapsed from a strong position of 61 without loss after eight overs to 173 all out off 46.5 overs, to suffer their third loss of the competition and slip to third spot in Group A. With their win, Pride moved into second on 14 points and can confirm their semi-final berth with a win over hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the final round of matches tomorrow. Scorpions, who remained on ten points, can still qualify for the semi-finals but need to beat ICC Americas in their final game also tomorrow and hope Pride lose to Red Force. However, they could have avoided the unnecessary permutations had they not squandered a great start from openers John Campbell, who scored 42 and rookie Jermaine Harrison who struck 22. Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Pride bowlers slowly dissected the innings. In-form right-hander Andre McCarthy resisted with 33 from 63 balls but found no support, with the last six wickets tumbling for 57 runs. Part-time medium pacer Jonathan Carter once again made his presence felt with three for 26, while Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snapped up three for 32. Earlier, attacking opener Dwayne Smith broke out of his slump with a powerful 86 to lead Pride’s charge to 246 for nine off their 50 overs, after they were sent in. The right-hander got support from wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich with 48, while tail-ender Ashley Nurse chimed in with 23. Skipper Campbell claimed three for 57 with his off-spin, while Test fast bowler Jerome Taylor picked up two for 30. Facing a must-win scenario in order to remain alive in the competition, Pride started poorly when Taylor removed both openers with just 33 runs on the board. He removed the proflic Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at the wicket for one in the third over with nine runs on the board and returned to prise out another Test batsman Shai Hope for four, also caught behind in the ninth over. Man of the Match Smith, coming off scores of two, one, four and nought, added 33 for the third wicket with left-hander Jonathan Carter who scored 16 before he was run out in a bad mix-up in the 16th over. Smith then combined with Shamarh Brooks (20) in a pivotal 66-run stand for the fourth wicket which once again gave the innings momentum.last_img read more

first_img 6 Michael Owen – Swapping Real Madrid for Newcastle United is not the obvious career path, but it worked out OK in the end for Owen. His four-year spell at St James’ Park was punctuated by injuries and the Geordies probably never saw the best of him, but he’d done enough to earn a free transfer move to Manchester United when his contract expired. And, although he may have been a bit-part player at Old Trafford, he still ended his time there with his only Premier League winners’ medal. 6 6 6 Martin Keown – Keown played 22 games in three years at Arsenal in the mid-80s, and had a loan spell at Brighton in the middle, before being discarded for just £200,000 to an Aston Villa side that narrowly avoided relegation to the Second Division the previous season. But seven years later, via Everton, he returned to north London to become a stalwart of the Gunners side that won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups. Daniel Sturridge – OK, it’s hard to make the case that a move from Manchester City to Chelsea was a retrograde step, certainly not in 2009 anyway, but it was a way for the then 20-year-old to try to earn himself first-team football. He was never quite able to establish himself or fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge, however, despite a decent medal haul, and it’s only since joining Liverpool that he’s developed into one of the Premier League’s most feared front-runners. Click the arrow for five stars who went backwards to go forwards – This picture pretty much sums up Jack Rodwell’s spell at Manchester City Samuel Eto’o – Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, the now 33-year-old was bombed out by Real Madrid in 2000 after making only three appearances in almost four years at the Bernabeu. After proving his potency at Mallorca however, he was signed by Barcelona for €24million and went on to win three La Liga titles, as well as the Champions League twice. Not so much Hala Madrid, as Haha Madrid. Jack Rodwell this week completed a £10million move to Sunderland from Manchester City.It will offer the 23-year-old a chance to kick-start his career following an ill-fated two years at the Etihad Stadium, but you can be sure it’s not quite where he thought he’d be when he left Everton in August 2012 for the team that had won the Premier League title for the first time three months previously.Now we don’t want to upset Sunderland fans – they’re a huge club in their own right – but they ain’t Manchester City, are they? But this move could turn out to be the best thing to happen to a player who was rated one of the best midfielders in England during his teenage years.And if you need further proof, take a look at these five players who went backwards to go forwards.You know what to do, just click the arrows… Diego Forlan – He famously couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo during his time at Old Trafford – except against Liverpool! – but, after leaving the north-west for Spain, he couldn’t stop scoring. He netted at a rate of better than a goal a game for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, helping the latter win the Europa League in May 2010. And later that summer, he was named the best player at the World Cup in South Africa. 6 6last_img read more