Lambert planning to retire with a bang
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Former Jamaica cricket captain Tamar Lambert says he wants to retire from first class cricket with a bang after missing a century by 12 runs in the opening match of the NAGICO Super50 tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval here on Thursday.
Lambert, 32, says he may call it a day by 2016, after leading a recovery to score 88 in Jamaica’s 14 run victory over champions Windward Islands
He resurrected his team from a slippery 32 for three by sharing in a decisive recording breaking stand of 179 for the fourth wicket with Andre McCarthy (93).
“I have set myself some goals, at age 32 I think I have another two years playing for Jamaica. So I really want to leave with a bang and unfortunately I did not really get a hundred and I really want to get it so hopefully, I still have two preliminary round games to play so I can get it,” said Lambert.
“The coach always says I must bowl a lot more. This time around the chairman of the selectors said I am the second spinner so am willing to help out my team whichever way I can”.
Jamaica, with 28 each from Andre Russell and Carlton Baugh, scored 282 for five from their 50 overs while the Windwards with an unbeaten 100 from Keddy Lesporis, 52 from Devon Smith and 40 from Johnson Charles got to 268 for 8 in their 50 overs.
McCarthy, 26, finished with the top score of 93 but was guided by his senior partner in a period that swung the match in favour of the challengers.
Lambert was named man-of-the-match for an all-round performance in which he also grabbed two wickets for 32 runs.
“You batting and you find the team thirty something for three and as a senior player, you have to bat through the innings and I thought me and McCarthy really batted well through the middle part of the innings,” said Lambert
“ I just advised him (McCarthy) to just keeping rotating the strike and push the ball into the outfield and sooner or later our time will come and I thought in the middle part our time really came and we really push them we were about to step on it accelerate and really get up to a very good total”.
Jamaica go in search of their second win when they play Ireland on Monday.