Off the mark
PORT OF SPAIN – Jamaica scored an important win last night against the Windward Islands as the Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament continued at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Without a win in two matches and desperately in need of points, Jamaica pulled themselves together in time, successfully defending 116 for six to come away with a 12-run victory in a rain-affected affair
Danza Hyatt, with West Indies limited overs experience, top-scored with 44 from 33 balls, an innings that pulled Jamaica out of trouble after they were slumping at 51 for three in the 10th over.
The Windward Islands then looked to be favourites when they got to 65 for two in the 11th over of their run chase but captain Tamar Lambert, trundling his uncomplicated off-spin, snatched three wickets in one over, as seven wickets fell for 35 runs.
Opener Andre Fletcher, who also has West Indies senior team experience, hit a top score of 26 and wicketkeeper Lyndon James chipped in with 24.
The result pushed Jamaica into third spot on five points, behind Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
In a match reduced to 17 overs per side after rain delayed the start by 80 minutes, Jamaica lost both openers cheaply, after being sent in, to be 34 for two in the seventh over.
Left-hander John Campbell (9) found third man’s grasp with his attempted reverse sweep off off-spinner Shane Shillingford at 19 for one, before Nkruman Bonner (9) was caught in the deep off left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin.
When Lambert patted a return catch back to off-spinner Liam Sebastien, Jamaica were in need of a saviour and Hyatt delivered.The right-hander blasted four sixes and dominated a 51-run stand off 40 balls for the fourth wicket with Andre McCarthy who got 19.
Hyatt perished in the penultimate over to give Mathurin (2-18) his second wicket, but by then, had helped push Jamaica beyond the 100-run mark and to a total at which they could bowl.
Opener Johnson Charles, who was part of the West Indies’ ICC Twenty20 champion team, looked in good touch, cracking three fours in getting 14 off just ten balls. He had taken two fours off left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie when he missed the next delivery and was bowled, in the third over at 18 for one.
With seven runs added, veteran opener Devon Smith followed for six off medium pacer David Bernard Jr, as the Windwards faltered.
Fletcher then combined with Keddy Lesporis (19) to put on 40 off 38 balls and rebuild the Windwards’ innings. While Fletcher faced 34 balls and slammed one six, Lesporis counted two fours off 20 deliveries.