Character and fight Captain of the Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is expressing satisfaction with the state of the team heading into their return-leg matches in the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament in Barbados. The Scorpions are second in Group B on nine points behind leaders Barbados Pride, who are on 19 points. This is after recording two wins and two defeats in their four matches so far. Tomorrow they will play Combined Campuses and Colleges, who they lost to in the first-leg at Kensington Oval. “I was very, very pleased with our returns in our last two games,” said Miller. “We lost against Barbados by one wicket, but I was pleased with the character and fight we showed,” said Miller. “We then took that momentum into the game against ICC Americas where post a good total, and defended it well.” The Scorpions against the Americas batted first and posted 251 for five with all-rounder Roman Powell hitting 56 not out and out-of-form opener John Campbell, who was demoted to the middle order, getting 66 not out. Middle-order batsman Andre McCarthy, who was left out the team in the opening two games, also chipped in with 63. ICC Americas were then held to 187 with leg-spinner Damion Jacobs claiming five for 24. “It’s always good when you win a game as it gives the team a lot of confidence,” Miller emphasised. “Coming against CCC we need to repeat such a performance including whatever overs we are allotted we have to use all, and, once we do that I believe we will be OK.” The group contains five teams, including the Guyana Jaguars, with the top two down to progress to the semi-finals.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United and Chelsea have both expressed interest in signing Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos, who is valued at about £40m, though the French champions would prefer a swap deal if they decided to allow the 21-year-old Brazil international to leave. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea are also interested in PSG midfielder Javier Pastore, 26. (Daily Express)Manchester City are closing in on the £30m signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 25. (The Sun)Wayne Rooney is facing a three-way fight for a place on England’s right wing at Euro 2016, while Arsenal wingers Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to miss out on the squad. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City captain Wes Morgan admits that the Premier League title is “in our hands” and also reveals he was told to lose two stone during a trial at Nottingham Forest. (Daily Mail)Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has described his treatment by Jose Mourinho during his time at Chelsea as “just not fair”. (Daily Telegraph)And Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted he “hardly knew” who De Bruyne was until this season. (Evening Standard)Manchester United have agreed a deal for 16-year-old FC Zurich striker Nishan Burkart. (Blick)Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all vying for the signature of 19-year-old Roma striker Umar Sadiq. (Daily Star)Arsenal and Liverpool are set to do battle for the signature of 15-year-old Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??David Sullivan EXCLUSIVE: ‘People are JEALOUS of West Ham’s Olympic Stadium deal. It’s a good deal for the whole nation’‘Chelsea have no history!’ – Carragher takes on Jason Cundy in Sports Bar showdownLiverpool FC news: Supporter tells girlfriend he’d marry her if Reds came back from 2-0 against DortmundTottenham to battle Inter Milan to sign in-form ex-Arsenal midfielder Lassana DiarraAtletico Madrid slap £60m price tag on Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain target Antoine GriezmannFormer Marseille boss helping Tottenham in pursuit of forward target Michy BatshuayiLiverpool could miss out on Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus as Paris Saint-Germain plot £40m swoop 1 Transfer rumours and paper review Saturday, April 16