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McCarthy hattrick puts Scorpions into Super50 semis

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 9:58 PMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer -
Jamaica Scorpions off-spinner Andre McCarthy in action against the Barbados Pride in their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Sunday.
Jamaica Scorpions off-spinner Andre McCarthy in action against the Barbados Pride in their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Sunday.

Part-time off-spinner Andre McCarthy took a rare hattrick in claiming six wickets, to lift the Jamaica Scorpions to a 51 run victory over the Barbados Pride in their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 clash at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The Pride, chasing 219 for victory, were bowled out for 167 in 41 overs and a delivery, with McCarthy conceding just 16 runs in 9 overs and a ball, for his six wickets, which included the hattrick wickets of Ashley Nurse, Akeem Jordan, and Joshua Bishop.

The Pride were cruising to their target after half-century partnerships at the top of the order with openers Shai Hope getting 56, and Justin Greaves 36.

When Jonathan Carter was caught and bowled by Fabian Allen for 26 at 152 for four in the 33rd over, McCarthy then waved his magic wand with the ball, removing the next six batsmen for just 15 runs.

Allen finished with two for 41 ,with Jamie Merchant picking up one wicket.

Earlier, the Scorpions batting woes continued once again, as they were reeling at one stage at 87 for eight, thanks to a five-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Bishop.

An unbeaten half-century from tail-ender Odean Smith, and some brisk low order hitting from Jamie Merchant then came to the Scorpions rescue, as the duo put on 80 runs for the ninth wicket, with Merchant getting 37 before he fell to Jason Holder.

Smith then found another useful partner in Jeavor Royal, and they added another 51 runs for the last wicket.

Royal would eventually be the last wicket to fall as he was well caught by Jonathan Carter off Greaves for 16.

Smith was left unbeaten on 68 from 75 balls, including five fours and four sixes.

With the win, the Scorpions booked their place in the semifinals where they will play table toppers, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.

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