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.
“The settlement agreement doesn’t actually select the successful bidders,” she said. “(If) one has to come up with $17 million and the other comes up with $50 million, it’s not because the court told them to do it. It’s because the insurance company told them to do it. “We want to make sure there is a fair playing field.” Lardiere said the bidder can decline the insurance. “If the bidder does not wish to become an insured under Whittaker’s insurance, that is the bidder’s decision,” he said. “The settlement does not require a bidder to become insured under the policy. “What this settlement does is it enables big legitimate companies like SunCal and Cherokee that they will have the funding to clean-up this property.” City Attorney Carl Newton said city officials also wants to see the Whittaker property decontaminated and developed, but they want it done correctly. “The bidders (should) have a level playing field and an equal opportunity to bid on the project,” he said. “The city’s interest is in having a buyer that will effectively remediate the property of all the contamination at the earliest possible time.” Groundwater contamination has been linked to the Whittaker site, where rocket testing occurred for nearly 50 years until 1987. Chemicals such as perchlorate – a salt used in weapons manufacturing that is known to interfere with thyroid function – have contaminated at least six water wells. Cleanup at one wells began last month, while local water agencies led by the Castaic Lake Water Agency sued to get a piece of the settlement to pay for the rest of the $15.3 million decontamination plan. CLWA attorney Fred Fudacz said “technical problems” exist in the settlement language, but more important is whether funds are available for the water agency to complete groundwater clean-up. “We’re looking to make sure that the insurance coverage that would handle the problem for the water purveyors aren’t spirited away somewhere else,” he said. “If we can establish the insurance remains available to deal with our problem, we don’t have objections.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – City officials object to a proposed settlement in the Whittaker-Bermite bankruptcy case, arguing it gives too much power to the defunct firm’s insurers over the future clean-up and development of its contaminated – but valuable – property. Attorneys representing the city filed the objection Monday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Arizona, in anticipation of a Dec. 20 settlement hearing where the judge could approve the deal. The 98-page proposal from Whittaker’s current owner Remedial Financial Inc. of Arizona and its insurers provides about $200 million in cash and insurance to remove toxins left from decades of weapons testing and manufacturing. It also would allow development at the 996-acre property along Soledad Canyon Road, in the heart of Santa Clarita. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is overseeing the clean-up. Eric Lardiere, Whittaker’s general counsel, said the settlement as the best deal for all parties. “The settlement is in the best interest of the city of Santa Clarita,” he said. “The settlement provides complete funding for clean-up of the property as well as the settlement of the local water agencies’ lawsuits. Funding is provided with substantial cash deposited into escrow, as well as in the case of buying the site, an opportunity for the buyer to be insured under a very valuable insurance policy being provided by Whittaker. “It’s more than a good deal – it’s an outstanding deal.” But Deborah Prosser, the city’s attorney in the case, contends the insurance coverage provision, which reduces the amount a buyer would pay for the property, is inherently unfair. Irvine-based builder SunCal Cos. and North Carolina-based Cherokee Investment Partners are eyeing the property.