Russell, Hyatt fire as Jamaica roll over Irish
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Discovery Bay, St Ann:
André Russell bagged a five -wicket haul and Danza Hyatt slammed a century, as Jamaica eased over Ireland by six wickets in their Supreme Ventures Sports Betting Jamaica Cricket Festival 50-over contest at the Port Rhodes Sports Club in Discovery Bay, St Ann, yesterday.
Opener Danza Hyatt stroked his way to an elegant 102 off just 106 balls, as the Jamaicans, 230-4, bettered the visitors' tally of 227 all out, despite a low run-rate and without ever looking like they were in high gear.
Hyatt managed 13 boundaries and a six as the Jamaicans crawled to their target, achieving the modest total with 16 balls to spare; and only looking certain of victory in the final five overs.
David Bernard Jr offered support with a well played 52 not out off at a run-a-ball, while Carlton Baugh Jr offered some late evening fireworks with a quick, unbeaten 24 off 20 deliveries. Baugh provided the final blow with a crushing pull shot to the boundary to secure victory for the locals.
Earlier, Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert won the toss and asked the visitors to take first strike on a lively looking pitch and would have been pleased with the returns as the Jamaicans stifled their opponents and picked up wickets regularly to stall Ireland's progress.
Ireland opener Paul Stirling was the first to go after he was bowled for a duck with just seven runs on the board by Man-of-the-Match Andre Russell, who finished with five for 40 off 9.3 overs.
The visitors were further pegged back soon afterwards when Andre Botha drove into the hands of Brenton Parchment with only eight runs on the board to hand Russell his second wicket.
Irish captain William Porter-field built a steady resistance to the early Jamaican onslaught and in wicketkeeper Gary Wilson, he found an able ally. The two batted stoutly, bringing up their 50-run partnership in over number 15, with Wilson acting as the aggressor. He brought up his half-century off 66 balls.
Wilson was eventually removed by Russell for 56 at the start of the pacer's second spell after he dragged a rising delivery to long on, where he was comfortably caught by Odean Brown.
Kevin O'brien then joined Porterfield and the two added 67 for the fourth wicket before Porterfield went for 43 at the hands of Krishmar Santokie, moments after the bowler had dropped him off his own bowling.
O'brien then departed for 25, bowled by Bevon Brown.
It was all downhill from there for the Ireland team as they lost their remaining six wickets for 59 runs.
Lambert, with two for 10 off three overs and Brown, two for 36 off 10, were also quite successful.
The festival continues today with Jamaica facing Canada in a 50-over encounter at the same venue.