NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Jamaica Scorpions clawed their approach again from the brink of elimination after they held their nerve to beat lacklustre Leeward Islands Hurricanes by six runs beneath Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, and earn their maiden win of the Super50 Cup right here Friday.
And not using a win within the event and desperately needing one to maintain alive their hopes of a semi-final spot, Scorpions twice displayed steely resolve to rebound from tough positions, and break their wretched three-game shedding skid.
Despatched in on the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Scorpions have been languishing on 135 for 9 within the thirty eighth over earlier than West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen struck 44 off 42 deliveries and engineered a document 85-run final wicket stand with quantity 11 Jeavor Royal (38), to get the innings as much as 220 all out within the forty ninth over.
In reply, Scorpions have been beneath stress when Hurricanes reached 136 for 3 within the thirty sixth over however the final of three rain breaks left the hosts with a goal of 194 off 43 overs and Scorpions pounced to limit them to 187 for eight.
Nitish Kumar top-scored with 51 whereas captain Devon Thomas received 49 however no different participant handed 20 in one other poor batting effort as off-spinner Jamie Service provider claimed three for 44 and left-arm spinner Royal, two for 31.
The end result handed Scorpions 4 factors, placing them degree with Barbados Pleasure and leaving at the moment’s conflict between the 2 groups because the determinant of the final semi-final spot.
“I believed everyone come pull their weight at the moment,” stated Royal, after that includes in solely his second sport of the marketing campaign.
“We performed some good cricket in patches, I’ve to congratulate the boys.We now have a sport Sunday so we simply should give attention to it.”
“It’s an enormous sport. We’ve began now, no less than we’ve received a win beneath our belts so going into the subsequent sport we will have our confidence up, again ourselves, again our expertise and execute.”
Hurricanes, in the meantime, tasted bitter elimination, with their fourth defeat in 5 matches to finish on 4 factors.
They’d solely themselves guilty, nevertheless, dominating the early phases of the competition to cripple the Scorpions batting.
Guyanese left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, with three for 23 from his 10 overs, shocked the innings whereas quick bowler Quinton Boatswain (2-35) and off-spinner Terrance Warde (2-54) supported with a few wickets apiece.
Brandon King missed a sweep at Nedd and was bowled within the fifth over for seven however Paul Palmer (23) placed on two small partnerships of 23 for the second with Aldaine Thomas (17) and 26 for the third with Andre McCarthy (13), in an try to revive the innings.
Each Palmer and McCarthy perished within the area of seven balls with the rating on 62 with Scorpions 4 wickets down and captain Rovman Powell (29) and Javelle Glenn (13) added 39 for the fifth earlier than Nedd accounted for each, as 4 wickets went down for 9 runs in fast time.
Allen, who struck three fours and sixes, then added 25 for the ninth wicket with Odean Smith (17) earlier than staging the dear final wicket partnership with Royal who belted a few fours and sixes in a 40-ball innings.
When off-spinner Jamie Service provider bowled Ross Powell for seven with Hurricanes on 11 for one within the fifth over, Scorpions appeared to have the benefit however a string of partnerships hauled the house aspect again into competition.
Kumar punched three fours off 96 deliveries, including 36 for the second with Kieran Powell (17), 25 for the third with Keacy Carty (13) and 64 for the fourth wicket with Thomas who confronted 53 balls and counted 4 fours.
Unbeaten on 33 on the second rain break with Hurricanes on 75 for 3 within the twentieth over, Kumar finally perished within the thirty sixth over, lobbing a reserve sweep to quick third man off Service provider.
The accountability of getting Hurricanes over the road rested on Thomas however he added simply 4 following the final rain break at 145 for 4 within the thirty seventh over, earlier than holing out to lengthy on off seamer Dervan Inexperienced at first of the thirty ninth.