Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica are now two from two in the West Indies Super50 tournament after registering a four-wicket win over the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) at Sabina Park yesterday.
Batting first, CCC laboured to 157 off 48 overs with spinner Nikita Miller claiming a miserly three for 27 off his maximum 10 overs.
Jamaica, in reply, on the back of a composed 45 from young batsman André McCarthy, and 34 from captain Tamar Lambert, then reached their target at 158 for six off 45.2 overs.
"We didn't really expect it to be so easy, however, in the end you could say we showed the better application," said Lambert.
"Bowler Andrew Richardson gave us a good start and between Nikita (Miller) and myself we kept up the pressure.
"We then saw young André McCarthy showing glimpses of his potential, and one can only hope that as we go along the team will grow from strength to strength."
The CCC, who entered the game with a losing record, having lost their opening fixture, won the toss, and on what appeared to be a good batting wicket, elected to bat.
They, however, found the going rough and limped to 15 for two after 15 overs as Richardson sent down an accurate spell of pace bowling.
The 31-year-old first sent back opener Shacoya Thomas caught at first slip for six, before delivering a mighty blow when he had the in-form Chadwick Walton caught at the wicket by Carlton Baugh Jr, also for six.
This left captain Kyle Corbin and former West Indies batsman Floyd Reifer with the arduous task of rebuilding the innings, and together they did a fair job by taking the score to 70 before the former was dismissed.
Prodding forward to Miller, the right-handed Corbin drew his leg over the crease and Carlton Baugh Jr completed a smart piece of stumping to dismiss the batsman for 24.
The dismissal of Corbin signalled a collapse, as despite a defiant 32 from Reifer no other batsman showed fight, with Nicholas Alexis, 20, and Raymon Reifer, 15, the next best scorers.
Richardson, two for 22, leg-spinner Odean Brown, two for 27, and part-time off-spinner Lambert, two for 39 were the other wicket-takers for Jamaica.
When Jamaica batted, they also faltered early. A wicket apiece for fast bowler Kevin McLean and left-arm spinner Derone Davis had the home team reeling at two wickets for one run in the second over.
Makeshift opener Jermaine Blackwood was the first to go when he was caught at slip off McLean without scoring, while number three batsman, Nkrumah Bonner, was adjudged leg before wicket after facing two balls for a similar score.
Disciplined batting, however, from the promoted McCarthy and opener Simon Jackson ensured Jamaica made a recovery, with the pair putting on 56 for the third wicket before Jackson was caught behind by Walton for 21.
Lambert, along with David Bernard Jr, 28, and Baugh Jr, 18 not out, then led the team safety.
"It was always going to be difficult to defend 150-odd runs against one of the best sides in the region, and that was our downfall today," said Corbin.
"It is a bad performance, one we hope we will be able to put behind us, and refocus for our next game, as we would still like to make the semi-finals."
|+C. Walton c Lambert b Richardson||6|
|S. Thomas c wk Baugh b Richardson||6|
|K. Corbin st Baugh b Miller||24|
|F. Reifer lbw b Brown||32|
|R. Reifer c Miller b Brown||15|
|N. Alexis c Bonner b Lambert||20|
|N. Parris c Bonner b Miller||11|
|A. Dewar c McCarthy b Miller||9|
|K. McClean lbw b Miller||5|
|D. Davis not out||14|
|R. Austin run out||5|
|Extras (lb2, w8)||10|
|Total (all out, 48 overs)||157|
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-15, 3-70, 4-78, 5-111, 6-114, 7-129, 8-134, 9-148, 10-157.
Bowling: Richardson 7-1-22-2, Cotterell 4-0-11-0, Bernard 5-0-18-0, Miller 10-3-27-3, Brown 10-2-27-2, Lambert 10-0-39-2, McCarthy 2-0-11-0.
|J. Blackwood c F Reifer b McClean||0|
|S. Jackson c wk Walton b R Reifer||21|
|N. Bonner lbw b Davis||0|
|A. McCarthy lbw b Austin||45|
|T. Lambert c Davis b R Reifer||34|
|D. Bernard Jr Corbin b Dewar||28|
|+C. Baugh not out||18|
|N. Miller not out||1|
|Extras (lb1, w10)||11|
|Total (6 wkts, 45.2 overs)||158|
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-57, 4-77, 5-124, 6-157.
Did not bat: A Richardson, S Cotterell,O Brown.
Bowling: McClean 9-1-38-1, Davis 7-1-35-1, Austin 10-1-21-1, R Reifer 8-0-25-2, Dewar 9.2-0-27-1, Parris 2-0-11-0
Result: Jamaica won by six wickets.
Points: Jamaica 4, CCC 0.
Man of the Match: Tamar Lambert.
Umpires: P Gustard, N Duguid.