CCC stung by Scor­pi­ons

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 3 -

by Out­stand­ing per­for­mances by An­dre Mc­carthy, Rov­man Pow­ell and cap­tain Nikita Miller earned Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons a com­mand­ing seven-wicket vic­tory over Com­bined Cam­puses and Col­leges yes­ter­day in the open­ing round of the Windies Su­per 50 Cup.

Af­ter Miller’s three-wicket haul helped to re­duce the home side to 219 for 8 off their 50 overs it was all about the Pow­ell and Mc­carthy show.

The pair, who came to­gether in the 17th over with the score on 85 for three, was ten­ta­tive at the be­gin­ning be­fore they trans­ferred the pres­sure.

Mc­carthy scores 50

When Ja­maica reached their tar­get of 220, the fourth-wicket part­ner­ship was worth 135. Mc­carthy, who won the Man Of The Match award, reached his 50 off of 57 de­liv­er­ies, strik­ing three fours and one six in 102 min­utes.

Pow­ell over­came an un­cer­tain start to reg­is­ter his half cen­tury off 45 balls, count­ing a four and three huge sixes.

Hav­ing grown in con­fi­dence, they bru­tally at­tacked cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite’s fourth over – the games 31st – by smash­ing him around the park for 24 runs to put the ic­ing on the cake.

That ag­gres­sion ac­cel­er­ated the scor­ing rate which al­lowed Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons to col­lect an ad­di­tional bonus point for achiev­ing a run rate 1.25 times bet­ter than the Com­bined Cam­puses and Col­leges.

At the top of the in­nings, Chris Gayle, dropped on one at slip by Kh­e­san Ot­t­ley, struck two fours and a six be­fore off­spin­ner Jon Russ Jagge­sar got re­venge when the tal­is­man opener tope­dged a sweep to mid­wicket.

Jer­maine Black­wood then stroked his way to 36 be­fore he be­came the last Ja­maican wicket to fall.

Com­bined Cam­puses and Col­leges’ to­tal was built on two ma­jor part­ner­ships as they lost wick­ets at crit­i­cal junc­tures.

Kh­e­san Ot­t­ley, who top­scored with 43 from 63 balls, put on 72 in a sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship with Keron Cot­toy. Ear­lier, they lost opener Kjorn Ot­t­ley with two runs on the board.

Kyle Corbin and Amir Jan­goo added 52 for the third wicket while fast bowler Oshane Thomas col­lected two for 41.

Noth­ing to shout about!: At left, CCC crick­eters cel­e­brat­ing one of their few suc­cesses on the day. Up and away!: Kh­e­san Ot­t­ley (right) hit­ting out for CCC’S top score of 43.Gayle force!: Be­low, big opener Chris Gayle smash­ing this ball to the bound­ary at the top of Ja­maica’s in­nings.

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