Jamaica overcame a few hiccups to coast to a comfortable four-wicket win over Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) in the Regional Super50 Championship, yesterday.
Chasing an inadequate 153 for victory, Jamaica recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over, to reach their target off 45.2 overs and win their second round match at Sabina Park.
The win was Jamaica's second of the competition after beating Barbados in the opening round a fortnight ago. Andre McCarthy top-scored with 45 from 65 balls while captain Tamar Lambert, voted Man-of-the-Match, chipped in with an important 34 and allrounder David Bernard Jr, 28.
Seamer Raymon Reifer finished with two for 25.
Earlier, CCC were dismissed for 152 off 48 overs after winning the toss and batting. Floyd Reifer got 32, captain Kyle Corbin scored 24 and Nicholas Alexis, 20.
Out-of-favour West Indies left-arm spinner Nikita Miller claimed three for 27 while fast bowler Andrew Richardson (2-22), leg-spinner Odean Brown (2-27) and off-spinner Tamar Lambert (2-39) finished with two wickets apiece.
CCC slipped to 15 for two in the seventh over after seamer Richardson removed both openers cheaply.
Veteran left-hander Floyd Reifer and captain Kyle Corbin, who struck 24, then repaired the innings with a 55-run third wicket stand, before CCC lost their last seven wickets for 87 runs.
Jamaica were floundering after eight balls of the innings in their reply before two critical partnerships put them over the line.
McCarthy, who hit four fours and two sixes, and opener Simon Jackson (21) put on 56 for the third wicket while Lambert and Bernard added a further 47 runs for the fifth wicket to put Jamaica in sight of victory.
Scores: CCC 152 off 48 overs (Raymon Reifer 32, Kyle Corbin 24, Nicholas Alexis 20; Nikita Miller 3-27, Andrew Richardson 2-22, Odean Brown 2-27, Tamar Lambert 2-39), JAMAICA 158 for six (Andre McCarthy 45, Tamar Lambert 33, David Bernard 28, Simon Jackson 21)
–Jamaica won by four wickets. –CMC