CCC stung by Scorpions
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.