Super Sheldon helps Scorpions sting Pride
Cottrell's all-round heroics help Scorpions sting Pride
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Tail-ender Sheldon Cottrell smashed a brace of sixes at the death as Jamaica Scorpions escaped with a nervy two-wicket win over hapless Barbados Pride to post their second victory of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.
With the game still very much an open contest with Scorpions tottering on 118 for eight at the start of the 33rd over in pursuit of 139 for victory, Cottrell twice cleared the ropes at the expense of debutant left-arm spinner Dane Currency, to ease the tension at Queen's Park Oval.
Man of the Match Cottrell, who ended on 16 not out, and Nikita Miller, seven not out, then calmly gathered the remaining nine runs in singles to clinch victory at the end of the 38th over.
Cottrell had earlier claimed three for 18 with his left-arm pace, and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs, three for 38, as Pride were bundled out for 138 off 45.5 overs after opting to bat first.
Captain Kevin Stoute hit 39 from 74 balls, but wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud was the only other batsman to reach the 20s with exactly 20.
In-form AndrÈ McCarthy then laid the foundation for the successful run chase with a top score of 49 from 76 balls, while Antiguan Devon Thomas chipped in with 33 from 65 deliveries.
With the pair involved in a comfortable 84-run, third-wicket stand and Pride seemingly out of ideas, Scorpions appeared to be romping to an easy win.
But experienced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn turned the game on its head in a second spell which accounted for both batsmen and yielded four for 28 from 10 overs overall.
His spell triggered a slide which saw six wickets fall for just 13 runs in the space of 42 balls, to give Pride a scent of an unlikely victory.
Wickets continued to tumble until Cottrell arrived to strike two key blows and rescue the innings.
AT ST PAUL'S SPORTS COMPLEX: Guyana Jaguars defeated Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by six wickets in their Group B, third-round game in the Regional Super50 at St Paul's Sports Complex here yesterday.
Scores: MAROONERS 149 all out off 48.3 overs (Ryan Hinds 47; Veerasammy Permaul 4-22, Paul Wintz 3-21). JAGUARS 153 for four off 35 overs (Assad Fudadin 71; Vikash Mohan 2-25).
D Smith c D Thomas b Gordon 1
K Corbin lbw b Cottrell 0
*K Stoute lbw b Campbell 39
S Brooks st A Thomas b Miller 19
J Carter c King b Campbell 18
R Chase b Jacobs 2
J Greaves b Jacobs 3
+M Rampersaud b Cottrell 20
A Nurse lbw b Jacobs 9
S Benn not out 18
D Currency b Cottrell 0
Extras (lb4, w5) 9
TOTAL (all out, 45.5 overs) 138
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-9, 3-36, 4-80, 5-82, 6-86, 7-89, 8-99, 9-138, 10-138.
Bowling: Cottrell 4.5-1-18-3, Gordon 4-1-12-1, Miller 8-1-20-1, Jacobs 10-1-38-3 (w2), Campbell 10-0-32-2 (w3), Lambert 6-0-14-0.
T Griffith c Brooks b Nurse 4
*J Campbell c Benn b Nurse 8
D Thomas c wkp Rampersaud b Benn 33
A McCarthy c Smith b Benn 49
T Lambert c Smith b Benn 0
B King lbw b Currency 8
+A Thomas lbw b Benn 0
N Miller not out 7
D Jacobs run out 0
S Cottrell not out 16
Extras (w12, nb2) 14
TOTAL (8 wkts, 38 overs) 139
Did not bat: N Gordon
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-21, 3-105, 4-107, 5-116, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118.
Bowling: Nurse 6-0-35-2 (w8, nb2), Greaves 2-0-13-0 (w1), Currency 4-1-24-1 (w1), Benn 10-1-28-4 (w1), Chase 2-0-10-0 (w1), Smith 6-0-14-0, Carter 8-1-15-0.
Result: Scorpions won by to wickets.
Points: Scorpions 5, Pride 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Sheldon Cottrell.
Umpires: N Duguid, P Nero.