A confident Jamaica Scorpions squad left the island yesterday to compete in the WICB Super50 tournament.”This is one of our better teams in years, and, as such, I am really looking forward to us going there and representing ourselves,” said captain Nikita Miller.”It’s a lovely balance with several players having West Indies experience.”The Robert Samuels coached-unit, which numbers 14, is without top batsmen Chris Gayle, due to injury, and Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, in fast bowler Jerome Taylor, batsman Jermaine Blackwood and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, they have players who have played at the highest level for the West Indies.”I like our chances, as, although we have been drawn in a fairly competitive zone, I believe we have the players to pull us through,” said Samuels.The Scorpions are due to participate in Zone B of the tournament. The zone will be contested in Barbados and also features last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses Marooners and guest team, ICC Americas.Jamaica will open their campaign on Tuesday against the Marooners at 3 W’s Oval, Cave Hill Campus.Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton. Robert Samuels is head coach.
A Charlotte Street resident who allegedly stabbed his co-worker for owing him for “weed” was arraigned on an attempted murder charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday. The accused, Branson Wiltshire, 39, a pork-knocker, was not required to plead to the charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Accused: Branson WiltshirePolice stated that on November 25, 2018, at Oko Backdam, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) with intent to commit murder, he wounded Kurt Walcott.The prosecution’s case contended that the accused and the victim had a heated argument over the payment for the cannabis during which the accused became annoyed, picked up a knife and dealt several blows to the victim’s head and abdomen.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail on the basis that the victim remained hospitalised. The Chief Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded the accused to prison until December 20, 2018. The matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.