McCarthy narrowly misses ton - Gayle held back
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Middle-order batsman André McCarthy fell one run short of a century in the penultimate practice match for members of Jamaica's team, before next week's WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.
The 26-year-old former West Indies Under-19 representative stroked seven fours and hit two sixes in an undefeated 99 to lead his team, Bernard Jr. XI, to a four-wicket win over Nikita Miller XI, under the Duckworth Lewis method at Sabina Park.
Bernard Jr XI, batting first, posted 245 off 50 overs, with former national Super50 captain Tamar Lambert, 44, Horace Miller, 30, and John Campbell, 23, providing McCarthy with best support.
Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, three for 53, ended with most wickets, while Miller and Andrew Richardson picked up two wickets each.
Set 234 to win off 43 overs after rain had interrupted the proceedings, Miller XI then reached 166 for six when bad light stopped play.
Carlton Baugh Jr, with an unbeaten 72, led the way for Miller XI with Super50 reserve off-spinner Jamie Merchant, 26 off 21-balls, and Damion Jacobs, 18 not out, also chipping in.
André Russell claimed two for 24, and newcomer, left-arm seamer Gavan Brown, two for 30.
"It was a good match, as you could see batsmen going out there and trying to put their heads down and bat," said national coach Junior Bennett.
Meanwhile, Super50 captain, Chris Gayle, did not take part in the game as was expected, due to what Bennett described as "match readiness" issues.
"We were hoping to have Chris play in the game. However, having recently returned and participating in one training session, the decision was taken not to rush him for this game," said Bennett.
"He is likely, however, to be a part of the final warm-up game on Saturday," he added.
The Jamaicans are slated to depart the country next Tuesday, two days before they participate in the tournament-opener against reigning champions Windward Islands at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.