Jamaica stay on course in Super50
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Defending champions Jamaica romped to a comfortable 57 run victory over Leeward Islands in their fifth round match of the Regional Super50 Championship at Sabina Park here Thursday.
Jamaica bowled out the Leewards for 196 runs after three powerful half centuries from Danza Hyatt, skipper Tamar Lambert and Andre McCarthy lifted them to 253 for four wickets.
Hyatt missed his century by a single run but played a brilliant innings to lead the Jamaica run flow after the visitors won the toss and decided to field.
Hyatt struck nine fours and two sixes facing 135 balls before being run out on 99.
Jamaica further asserted themselves through Captain Lambert who was undefeated on 77 and McCarthy who was run out for 59.
Lambert, who faced 68 balls struck 7 boundaries and hit two sixes.
McCarthy hit four fours and two sixes in his 74 ball innings.
Leeward Island bowlers made no serious inroads into the Jamaica’s batting as Gavin Tonge and Kelbert Walters picked up a wicket each.
The Jamaican bowlers, on the other hand, tore through the Leeward Islands batting which collapsed around a lion hearted half century from Sylvester Joseph who provided some hope.
Andrew Richardson grabbed three for 23 and Nikita Miller three for 30 as the Leewards slumped to 95 for four and found difficulty in building partnerships.
Odeon Brown and Yannick Elliot tightened the squeeze on the batsmen by picking up two for 38 and two for 49 respectively and providing no respite to the Leeward Islands.
Captain Sylvester Joseph who came in at number three batted stubbornly through-out most of the innings in a valiant effort to keep alive Leeward’s chances of reaching the 255 run target.
Joseph, who top scored with 83, hitting four fours and six sixes in an innings lasting 98 balls, lost his stump after he was beaten by a delivery from Miller.
Joseph received no meaningful support from any of the other batsmen and with his departure the last three wickets fell for 15 runs.
Tonito Willet was caught for 20 to be the second highest scorer in a poor batting display by the Leeward Islands.
The champions remain unbeaten having secured their fourth straight win in the Super50 tournament.
JAMAICA 253 for four off 50 overs (Danza Hyatt 99, Tamar Lambert 77, Andre McCarthy 59; Kelbert Walters 1-46)
LEEWARDS 196 all out off 44.4 overs (Sylvester Joseph 83, Tonito Willett 20; Andrew Richardson 3-23, Nikita Miller 3-30, Odean Brown 2-38, Yannick Elliott 2-49)
N Bonner c wkp Hamilton b Walters 1
S Jackson c wkp Hamilton b Tonge 4
D Hyatt run out 99
A McCarthy run out 59
T Lambert not out 77
Extras (b1, lb2, w10, nb0) 13
TOTAL ( 4 wkts, 50 overs) 253
Did not bat: D Bernard Jr., +C Baugh, Y Elliott, N Miller, A Richardson, O Brown.
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-10, 3-102, 4-253.
Bowling: Tonge 10-0-52-1, Walters 10-2-46-1, Martin 10-0-47-0, Willett 10-0-60-0, Athanaze 10-0-45-0.
M Hodge c Miller b Richardson 8
L Richardson b Elliott 19
*S Joseph b Miller 83
A Saunders lbw b Elliott 6
+J Hamilton c Miller b Brown 19
S Liburd c Miller b Brown 0
T Willett c McCarthy b Miller 20
J Athenaze c Lambert b Richardson 9
G Tonge b Miller 9
K Walters c wkp Baugh b Richardson 4
A Martin not out 2
Extras (lb4, w5) 9
TOTAL (10 wkts, 44.4 overs) 196
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-35, 3-47, 4-95, 5-117, 6-164, 7-181, 8-187, 9-190, 10-196.
Bowling: Richardson 7.4-1-23-3, Bernard 4-0-15-0, Miller 8-1-30-3, Elliott 8-1-49-2, Brown 10-1-38-2, Lambert 7-0-37-0.
Result: Jamaica won by 57 runs.
Points: Jamaica 4; Leeward Islands 0.
Player-of-the-Match: Dana Hyatt.
Umpires: D Ramdhanie, C Taylor.