BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels believes his side has gained valuable momentum with their ‘vital’ win over tournament favourites Barbados Pride here Thursday night. Previously unbeaten in six outings, Pride slumped to a 74-run defeat in the day and night contest at Kensington Oval, as Scorpions in turn won their fourth straight to build up a head of steam ahead of next week’s Regional Super50 semi-finals in Antigua. “It (the win) was very vital. You do not want to lose twice to any team in the semi-finals,” said the former Test batsman. “Barbados beat us in the first game. I thought we should have won that game, scoring 191. They got there with just one wicket [left]. Today, we scored 250, and I thought it was enough. “I must give Barbados credit. They bowled very well in the middle overs [especially] the two spinners (Ashley Nurse and Jomel Warrican) … and they pulled us back. At one stage it looked as if we would have scored 400, but Nurse bowled extremely well.” Scorpions started the tournament with a shock defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and lost their second when they narrowly went down to Pride six days later. Since then, Scorpions have hardly missed a step, and Samuels said it had been important to get the early jitters out of the way before the knockout round. “In competitions like this you will lose one and you do not want to lose one in the semi-finals or the final so to get that one out of the way [was important],” Samuels pointed out. “We took CCC for granted … fortunately or unfortunately, we played CCC at their home ground which they knew better than us and we took it for granted, became complacent and we lost.” Since then, Scorpions stepped up their game, with their batsmen especially finding their touch. In their last four outings, they have cracked 250 three times and got 204 in the other game. Scorpions, who lie second in the Group B standings behind leaders Pride, face ICC Americas in their final game at Windward Cricket Club today.
Facebook death threatsFollowing his arrest on Monday for meting out death threats against Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo along with other People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarians on his Facebook page, BerbiceTameshwar Beekhamresident Tameshwar Beekham has since confessed to the act.Beekham has been on a rant recently, via his Facebook page, speaking about “assassinating” the Opposition Leader, who is also a former President, as well as several other party members.Guyana Times was told that the man was arrested and detained at the Springlands Police Station on Monday following Police searches in the area. He was then transported to Georgetown and handed over to Police at the Criminal Investigations Department, where he was questioned in connection to his Facebook threats.According to Police sources, the man has confessed to investigators and the matter will now have to be sent for advice.“He admitted to the threats on Facebook and so the next step is for us to take file to get legal advice on whether we should proceed with instituting charges,” a Police source related to this newspaper on Tuesday.Beekham took to his Facebook page, where he ranted over the idealisation of the APNU/AFC Government’s accomplishments and visions of former President, LFS Burnham, and openly stated his intentions to target Freedom House and kill Jagdeo and several PPP/C members.According to the man’s his Facebook page, he had encounters with the Police in relation to the same issue, but was not desisting from his ranting.B Division (Berbice) Commander and Assistant Commissioner, Ian Amsterdam had previously indicated that ranks in Berbice were searching for Beekham. However Beekham was still continuing, posting on Sunday, repeating his death threats.Just recently, Police had detained a 52-year-old woman, who allegedly posted racially-inciting social media comments about African Guyanese, and what appeared to be threats to President Granger.The woman has since been charged for attempting to excite hostility on the grounds of race contrary to Section 2 (1) (C) of the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01 of the Criminal Offences Act. Her Facebook post stated that “Granger want a bullet in head…I am out of a job now because of them.”