Scorpions drop Palmer

first_imgFirst-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starting today at Sabina Park.Opener Palmer, who has been experiencing a wretched run of the form with the bat, has been replaced by fellow opener and vice-captain, John Campbell.The new vice-captain is Barbados-born batsman, Kirk Edwards.The 24-year-old Palmer, a former Jamaica youth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players omitted are experienced campaigners, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.They have been replaced by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, who makes a return from studies, batsman Brandon King, and fast bowler Nicholson Gordon.The selection panel is completed by Wayne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.last_img read more

Fellaini to play up front against Brugge, reveals Louis Van Gaal

first_img1 Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring a late goal against Club Brugge Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed midfielder Marouane Fellaini will play as a forward against Club Brugge on Wednesday evening.United are overwhelming favourites to secure a return to the Champions League group stages having won the first leg of their play-off last week 3-1.Van Gaal has brought just 18 players for the second leg trip to Belgium, and Fellaini looks likely to start after scoring the vital third goal in stoppage time last week.And the Dutch boss revealed that he intends to use the 6ft 4in as a striker this term, rather than in midfield, which in part explains why United are yet to buy a forward despite their struggles in front of goal.“He can play in a nine position and a 10,” Van Gaal said.“He can also play at six and eight, but this year he shall play more at nine and 10 because there we have other players.”Fellaini, meanwhile, is keen to play up front if his manager believes that is the best place for him.“In the past I have played number 10 and number nine sometimes so I can play there and help my team-mates and my team,” the former Everton man said.“It is different to play midfield and striker but I enjoy all the positions I can play.”Brugge manager Michel Preud’homme claimed it would take a “miracle” for his injury-ravaged squad to overturn United’s two-goal advantage in Flanders.But Van Gaal has told his players to be wary the hosts, who came from 2-1 down to beat Panathinaikos 4-2 over two legs in the previous qualifying round.“They won against their Greek opponent 3-0 so they are capable to do that with the support of the fans,” the United manager added.“I don’t think my players shall take it easy.”last_img read more