SCOREBOARD Newly appointed captain John Campbell believes the Jamaica Scorpions need to bat well in both innings of a match if they are get improve their chances of winning. The opening batsman, who was on debut as leader of the Scorpions at the weekend, made the assessment following his team’s eight-wicket loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round of the WICB Regional First-Class Tournament at Sabina Park yesterday. Set a victory target of 175 and resuming in a commanding 113 for one on the fourth day, the Red Force went on to achieve victory inside the first hour of play, scoring 178 for two. They had made 206 in their first innings in reply to 225 made by Jamaica, who in their second innings posted 155. “In most of the matches, we bat well one time, and we need to take a look at that and try to rectify that,” stated Campbell, who took over from dropped opener Paul Palmer Jr. “We had a slight lead, but setting a (victory) target of 175 was just not good enough. I think that is where we fell short: our batting in the second innings.” OUTSTANDING OPENER Leading the way for the Gus Logie-coached Red Force was outstanding opener Evin Lewis, who followed up his first-innings 87 with an accomplished 104. Starting the day on 66, along with Kyle Hope, 17, the 24-year-old Lewis went on to net his second first-class century before he was dismissed seven runs shy of victory. His innings included nine fours and a six. Hope ended with 27 not out, and with him at the end was Yannic Carriah on six. “The hope was to pick up some early wickets and see what would happen, but that didn’t happen for us,” cited Campbell. “It is very disappointing as it now is the second game we have lost in a row in the second half (of the tournament).” Jamaica, with this, their fourth loss, are now out of the title race. In their previous match, they lost to cellar-dwellers Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs the previous weekend. The Red Force, the reigning regional one-day champions, entered the round as non-title contenders. The win improved their record to two wins, three losses and two draws. “It is good to see us rebound from our loss to the leaders Guyana Jaguars, the last round,” said Logie. “It was good game, one in which I thought we won by virtue of a good second innings bowling performance. Led by Jon-Russ Jagessar, I thought we applied the pressure well.” Off-spinner Jagessar, playing in his second first-class fixture, finished with a match haul of 11 for 111, following figures of three for 53 and eight for 58 in the respective first and second innings. SCORPIONS 1 st Innings 225 RED FORCE 1 st Innings 206 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings 155 RED FORCE 2nd Innings (target: 175 runs) (overnight 113 for one) E Lewis b McCarthy 104 J Solozano c Miller b Campbell 19 K Hope not out 27 Y Cariah not out 6 Extras ((b1, lb18, w1, nb2) 22 TOTAL (2 wkts, 56 overs) 178 Fall of wickets: 1-66, 2-168. Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-19-0 (nb1), Mindley 3-0-15-0 (w2), Miller 19-4-39-0, Campbell 14-3-41-1, Jacobs 10-3-25-0, D Thomas 2-0-9-0, McCarthy 3-0-11-1. Result: Red Force beat Scorpions by eight wickets. Points: Red Force 16, Scorpions 4 Toss: Scorpions. Man-of-the-match: Evin Lewis. Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer Jr.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Roundup: Calif. Health Care Cuts Attract Opponents A selection of health policy stories from California, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Oregon, Connecticut and North Carolina.Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown’s Donors Rally Against His Health Care CutsIn the health care world, there’s not a whole lot that insurers, doctors and union workers all agree on. But a new coalition of powerful Capitol players from all three groups is hoping to reverse recent budget cuts, pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, to those who provide care to the poorest Californians. But doctors, hospital officials and others say the rate cuts could threaten the success of the federal law. They say lower reimbursements for treating poor patients will reduce the number of people who agree to treat Medi-Cal patients (York, 4/23).The Associated Press/Washington Post: New Federal Health Reform Regs Cut Hours, Pay For Some Va Community College Adjunct FacultyMany adjunct instructors at Virginia’s 23 community colleges will see their hours cut starting this summer thanks to Virginia’s response to the new federal health reform law, a change that could cripple or kill livelihoods teachers like Ann Hubbard worked hard to build. The onrushing 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is forcing governments at all levels to scramble to accommodate changes — some intended, some not — to public- and private-sector jobs over the next year (4/24).California Healthline: Autism Families Directed To Regional CentersDepartment of Health Care Services director Toby Douglas testified yesterday that some Healthy Families participants will probably lose a type of autism service in the transition to Medi-Cal managed care plans. The service — applied behavioral analysis — is still covered by Medi-Cal, Douglas said, but in a different way. Families with an autistic child will need to reapply for the service through the state’s regional centers, where eligibility criteria are stiffer. Some children who qualified in Healthy Families may not be eligible under new guidelines, officials said (Gorn, 4/23).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Appeals Court Upholds Md. Doctors Convictions For Implanting Unnecessary StentsA federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Maryland cardiologist who implanted unnecessary heart stents in more than 100 patients. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously rejected John McLean’s claim that the evidence was insufficient to convict him on six counts of health care fraud. McLean was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison after his November 2011 trial (4/23).Kaiser Health News: Nurses Fighting State By State For Minimum Staffing LawsHow many nurses does it take to run a hospital? Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times (Schultz, 4/23). Georgia Health News: List Of ER Wait Times Improves For Some HospitalsThe ER waiting times for some Georgia hospitals have been reduced dramatically on a public federal website, thanks to some updated numbers. Georgia Health News reported earlier this month that data on 11 hospitals showed wildly exaggerated times for ER waits before patients were discharged. Waits for an emergency department patient to see a health care professional were also listed as alarmingly high (Miller, 4/23).Georgia Health News: New Law, New Awareness On ConcussionsChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta treated 1,400 children last year for concussions at its emergency rooms and urgent care centers. Meanwhile, the Atlanta health system received 5,000 calls to its hotline fielding queries about possible concussions. Dr. David Marshall, medical director for sports medicine at Children’s Healthcare, told GHN on Tuesday that he does not believe the incidence of concussions has jumped, but that public awareness of them “has exploded” (Miller, 4/23). The Lund Report: Med Students, Rural Providers Continue To Question Future Of Rural ClerkshipsMedical students at Oregon Health & Science University are circulating an online petition asking the school to keep the five-week rural clerkship that has been a required part of OHSU’s medical curriculum since 1994 — but the university’s administration maintains it doesn’t intend to reduce or eliminate the clerkships, and in fact plans to offer more rural clerkships. So far the petition has gathered 280 signatures from around the state, and it’s generated an ongoing discussion about the future of OHSU’s rural curriculum (McCurdy, 4/23). CT Mirror: Towns Call Dibs On Any April Windfall In State Tax Receipt How tight is state revenue? Even the possibility of a small windfall is causing cities and towns to stake a claim. Municipal leaders, who were disappointed last week by the lean town aid package recommended by legislators, called dibs Tuesday on any last-minute revenue bonanza that sometimes is found after the April 15 income tax filing deadline. … The panel did endorse giving some hospitals a small amount back: $15 million per year to bolster payments to hospitals that have lower-than-average costs and where at least 64 percent of patients are covered by Medicare or Medicaid (Phaneuf, 4/23).North Carolina Health News: Bill Would Reduce Co-Pays On Oral Cancer DrugsWhen Amelia Borelli was first diagnosed with a form of leukemia in 2010, for treatment she went the traditional route of having intravenous chemotherapy. But her first chemo treatment landed her in a coma. Borelli, 68, spent the next six months in the hospital and rehab (Hoban, 4/24).