McCarthy thankful after first Nagico Super50 hundred, says Scorpions must bring 'A' game against Barbados Pride
Jamaica Scorpions' top-order batsman, Andre McCarthy, has listed application as one of the primary reasons behind his maiden one-day century in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
Entering the fray with Jamaica in a delicate position of 61 for three against ICC Americas - after electing to bat - the 28-year-old McCarthy went on hit 118.
His knock, which was the cornerstone of Jamaica's 260 for eight, included four sixes and 11 fours.
ICC Americas, a guest team in the three-week tournament, were then bowled out for 76.
"I've always said I wanted a hundred and, thankfully, it came in the second game of the tournament," said McCarthy.
"It was a matter of application, adjusting to the team situation and playing within the team plan.
"Jamaica was in a tight position as the Americas seamers were bowling well. I had to therefore try and fight out the seamers and, hopefully, when they came back capitalise, and that's what I did," he explained.
The innings, which propelled McCarthy to the Player-of-the-Match award, was his second career hundred, after scoring 121 away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Tournament late last year.
That game was also played in Trinidad, and although describing the pitches in the twin-island republic as difficult to play on, he says he hopes to continue scoring runs.
"The wickets in Trinidad are very difficult to score fast and bat on," he quipped. "But I like to consider myself as a fighting batsman, and the hope is that I will continue to do well."
Jamaica Scorpions, second in Group C on five points after also scoring a bonus point against the Americas, will today play third-place Barbados Pride (four points) at Queen's Park Oval in their third of six first-round fixtures.
Leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the meantime, are two from two on 10 points and will play the Americas at Shaw Park.
The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals.
"They (Barbados) are a good team and always difficult to beat," stated McCarthy.
"However, we have a good team as well and just have to turn up with our 'A' game and work hard."
Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell, Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Aldaine Thomas, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas.
Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chasem Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Dane Currency, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Dwayne Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams.