First-time Jamaica Scorpions captain, Paul Palmer Jr has been relieved of his duties and dropped from the squad for their seventh round WICB First-Class League encounter fixture against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, starting today at Sabina Park.Opener Palmer, who has been experiencing a wretched run of the form with the bat, has been replaced by fellow opener and vice-captain, John Campbell.The new vice-captain is Barbados-born batsman, Kirk Edwards.The 24-year-old Palmer, a former Jamaica youth captain, has passed 50 just once in 12 innings, and has been one of several Scorpions batsmen who has failed to produce since the start of the season.Campbell led the Jamaica team in the recent WICB Super50 one-day tournament in January. Edwards is a former West Indies vice-captain.Palmer’s removal is one of three changes made by the Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel to a squad which lost to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs in Antigua last weekend.The other players omitted are experienced campaigners, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.They have been replaced by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, who makes a return from studies, batsman Brandon King, and fast bowler Nicholson Gordon.The selection panel is completed by Wayne Lewis, Robert Haynes, Delroy Morgan, and Cleveland Davidson.Fourth and fifth place finishers over the past two seasons, the Scorpions, with just three wins and as many losses, are all but out of the championship race with four rounds of matches to go.They are third on 52 points, 30 behind second-place Barbados Pride, with runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars on 101 points.UNCHANGED SQUADTrinidad, in the meantime, who are fourth in the standings with 40 points and are out of the running for the top prize, have named an unchanged squad for the game.The Jason Mohammed-captained unit, without their most established players, will look to batsman Narsingh Deonarine, all-rounder Rayad Emrit, and young off-spinning standout Jon-Ross Jagessar to lead their charge.They have recorded a win, three defeats, and two draws record to date.Jamaica Scorpions (from): John Campbell (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cottrell, Kirk Edwards, Nicholson Gordon, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (from): Jason Mohammed (captain), Yannic Cariah, Narsingh Deonarine, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano.
In light of the tragic accident that claimed the lives of five people on Wednesday, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Sherwin Wellington has challenged Councillors to ensure mechanisms are in place to make the roads safer.Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Sherwin Wellington“I was on-site [at the accident] and it was not a nice scene, people were screaming. We have to put a stop to this because one of our medics, in fact, two health professionals — a medic and a nurse who was pregnant— both lost their lives”.The medic was nine months pregnant. Both she and her unborn child perished.As such, Wellington explained that the Administration had planned to have its Christmas party on December 23 but it will be rescheduled.“We cannot have a party when our staff is mourning,” he said.Meanwhile, acting Regional Chairman Rian Peters also noted that the RDC has lost one of its former members.Seechan Chandilall, who was the driver of the minibus involved in Wednesday’s accident, previously served as a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor on the RDC. The house observed one minute of silence in honour of the former Councillor.Wellington reiterated that too many lives are being lost on the roadways as a result of irresponsible driving. This, he said, is the main cause for road deaths because the drivers are using the roads as a race track.“I am concerned and I know that we need to do something to send a message to the drivers. Only recently on social media, we saw a driver and a conductor behaving in a lawless manner; fortunately, they were charged and placed before the court for their behaviour.Those of us who travel in minibuses which might be overloaded and you’re not comfortable should get out of the bus. Ask the driver to slow down if the bus is going too speed. If they don’t want to reduce the speed it is your right to get off the bus and report the matter to the Police,” Wellington related.Meanwhile, coalition Councillor Dillon Crawford called for the grieving families to receive support.On Wednesday, persons were killed and four others seriously injured following a collision between a minibus and a lorry on the Fairfield Public Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Dead are minibus driver Seechan Chandilall, 48, of Lot 102 Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice; Keon Sealey, 33, of Farm, Mahaicony; Alana Vaughn, 31, of Farm, Mahaicony, Ewart Reynlods, 64, of Calcutta Mahaicony, and Maxwell Disreali Thom, 76.Police stated that on the day in question, the minibus was proceeding west along the southern side of the road when it experienced a ‘blowout’ of the left side rear wheel. This caused the driver to lose control and collided with the left front portion of the lorry that was proceeding east along the northern side of the road.Also injured were Cecil Gordon, 46, of Farm, Mahaicony; David Jacobs, 60, and Angela Jacobs, 15, both of Moraikobai, Mahaicony, and lorry driver Sherlon Wills, 46, of Helena, Mahaica. They were all initially taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where they were treated and then transferred to GPHC where they were admitted.