ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – A brilliant century from Andre McCarthy ensured that the Jamaica Scorpions kept their Super50 Cup dreams alive, as they defeated Guyana Jaguars by 46 runs via the D/L/S method in a rain-affected match.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Scorpions were stunned when Steven Taylor was caught without scoring; But Rovman Powell and Chadwick Walton rebuilt the innings, posting 60 together before Walton departed for 33. McCarthy joined Powell and the middle order looked set to take Jamaica to a big score. But Powell was stumped by wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble for 34. McCarthy then took charge of the Scorpions innings and he looked determined to get some runs in this match. He combined with Fabian Allen in a mammoth partnership of 110 runs, which saw the Scorpions pass 250. Jamaica Scorpions finished their 50 overs on 264/9. McCarthy made 105 before being bowled by Keemo Paul, next best was Fabian Allen who remained not out on 47.
Once again, Keemo Paul had the best bowling figures for Jaguars, taking 3/46 followed by Romario Shepherd with 3/67. Guyana Jaguars lost Chanderpaul Hemraj for 17 with the score on 19. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and ShimronHetmyer had a 47-run partnership as the Jaguars looked set to chase their target. Then came the rain. A hard shower descended upon Coolidge along with blustery winds which lasted a short while. The groundsmen were quick to cover the pitch and then remove the covering for play to resume. This cat and mouse game occurred a few more times before the rains finally stopped altogether. Set a revised target of 231 to in from 32.3 overs, the Jaguars collapsed due to Nikita Miller’s bowing. The Scorpions captain took quick wickets which resulted in him taking 4/22. While Odean Smith had 2/18 and Andre Russell 2/24, as the Guyana Jaguars were bowled out for 168 in 30.2 overs and losing by 46 runs according to the DLS method.
Andre McCarthy was Man of the Match for his unbeaten 105.
Kent CCC vs USA Cricket
Kent CCC handed USA Cricket their fourth defeat in as many matches. USA won the toss and elected to field first in the opening match of the day at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. Kent’s Skipper Joe Denly led his team superbly from the front, stroking 96 runs which included 10 fours, to help his team post 215/9 from 50 overs. Roy Silva was the best USA bowler, taking 3/42. In their reply, USA Cricket’s Captain Ibrahim Khaleel top-scored in the run-chase with 61, as his team reached 188/9 from their allotted 50 overs.
Joe Denly was Man of the Match.
– CWI Media