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McCarthy hat-trick demolishes Bajan Pride

“I’ve been work­ing on my bowl­ing. I was in Bangladesh with the [West In­dies] team and I was do­ing a lot of bowl­ing. The coach re­al­ly recog­nised my bowl­ing and it’s some­thing that is work­ing for me now.”

Mc­Carthy’s hero­ics near­ly over­shad­owed a coura­geous un­beat­en 68 from num­ber 10 Odean Smith who in­spired two suc­ces­sive half-cen­tu­ry stands at the back end to pull Scor­pi­ons out of the mire at 87 for eight and pro­pel them to 218 all out in the 46th over, af­ter they chose to bat

ST JOHN’S, An­tigua – A sen­sa­tion­al hat-trick by part-time off-spin­ner An­dre Mc­Carthy floored Bar­ba­dos Pride, as Ja­maica Scor­pi­ons surged in­to the se­mi-fi­nals of the Su­per50 Cup here Sun­day night with an em­phat­ic 51-run vic­to­ry.

Chas­ing a be­low par 219 for vic­to­ry at Coolidge Crick­et Ground in the de­ci­sive pre­lim­i­nary round match to de­ter­mine the last se­mi-fi­nal spot, Pride were ripped apart by Mc­Carthy’s ca­reer-best six for 19, to crum­ble to an em­bar­rass­ing 167 all out in the 42nd over.

They ap­peared to be storm­ing to vic­to­ry on 141 for two in the 29th over be­hind Shai Hope’s top score of 51 and open­er Justin Greaves’s 36 but once Mc­Carthy sliced through the in­nings, Pride shock­ing­ly lost their last eight wick­ets for just 26 runs.

With the scales slow­ly tip­ping in Scor­pi­ons’ favour, Mc­Carthy rammed home the ad­van­tage for his side by turn­ing the game on its head in the 40th over.

Start­ing his eighth over with Pride perched on 165 for six, Mc­Carthy kept Ash­ley Nurse (2) score­less off the first two balls be­fore hav­ing the right-han­der caught at the wick­et cut­ting, and then fol­lowed up by com­pre­hen­sive­ly bowl­ing Akeem Jor­dan on the back foot.

Joshua Bish­op, who had ear­li­er snared a bril­liant ca­reer-best five-wick­et haul, then played down the wrong line to the hat-trick ball and had his off-stump pegged back, spark­ing cel­e­bra­tions among the Scor­pi­ons camp.

Mc­Carthy fit­ting­ly picked up the last wick­et in his 10th over when he breached Chemar Hold­er’s un­cer­tain de­fen­sive prod to bowl him for two, and earn Scor­pi­ons a clash with Trinidad and To­ba­go Red Force in Wednes­day’s first se­mi-fi­nal.

“From ever since I went out there and I nev­er made any runs I knew I had to con­tribute with some­thing in the game and I told the skip­per ‘give me the ball and I am go­ing to do the job for you to­day,’” a hoarse Mc­Carthy said af­ter­wards.

“I’ve been work­ing on my bowl­ing. I was in Bangladesh with the [West In­dies] team and I was do­ing a lot of bowl­ing. The coach re­al­ly recog­nised my bowl­ing and it’s some­thing that is work­ing for me now.”

Mc­Carthy’s hero­ics near­ly over­shad­owed a coura­geous un­beat­en 68 from num­ber 10 Odean Smith who in­spired two suc­ces­sive half-cen­tu­ry stands at the back end to pull Scor­pi­ons out of the mire at 87 for eight and pro­pel them to 218 all out in the 46th over, af­ter they chose to bat.

Bet­ter known for his fast bowl­ing, Smith re­sist­ed stout­ly with five fours and four six­es in a 75-ball knock as he added 80 for the ninth wick­et with Jamie Mer­chant who made a breezy 37 off 34 balls with four fours and a six.

Smith then found an al­ly in Jeav­or Roy­al (16), the pair putting on a fur­ther 51 for the last wick­et to see Scor­pi­ons past the 200-run mark.

Hand­ed the new ball, the 20-year-old Bish­op snatched the first five wick­ets to fall to end with five for 35 while off-spin­ner Nurse sup­port­ed with two for 51, as none of the Scor­pi­ons spe­cial­ist bats­men sug­gest­ed per­ma­nence.

All-rounder Fabi­an Allen chipped in with 23 in a 29-run, sixth wick­et stand with cap­tain Rov­man Pow­ell (19) be­fore hol­ing out to long on off Nurse in the 24th over.

De­spite their mo­men­tum, Scor­pi­ons found them­selves on the ropes again as Hope, in on­ly his sec­ond match of the tour­na­ment, put on 52 for the first wick­et with Greaves be­fore adding a fur­ther 66 for the sec­ond with Shamarh Brooks who made 27.

Greaves struck five fours and a six in a ro­bust 26-ball knock be­fore mis­cu­ing a dri­ve at off-spin­ner Mer­chant and be­ing tak­en at point in the 10th over, and Brooks was run out in the 22nd over in a mix-up over a sin­gle with Hope who faced 81 balls and count­ed three fours and a six.

Even then, there was no sign of the pend­ing dra­ma, as Hope and left-han­der Jonathan Carter (26) con­fi­dent­ly added 23 for the third wick­et.

But Allen (2-41) ac­count­ed for both with his left-arm spin, Hope slic­ing a catch to Bran­don King div­ing for­ward at point in the 29th over and Carter dri­ving a sharp re­turn catch in the 33rd.

Six balls lat­er in the next over with one run added, cap­tain Ja­son Hold­er missed a pull and per­ished lbw for one to give Mc­Carthy his first wick­et in his sixth over and when left-han­der Nicholas Kir­ton (3) clipped a straight­for­ward catch to sub­sti­tute Shel­don Cot­trell at short mid-wick­et in Mc­Carthy’s next over, Pride were slump­ing 163 for six in the 38th over.

Two overs lat­er, the 33-year-old Mc­Carthy struck the killer blow with his hat-trick to end the game as a con­test.

SCORES

SCOR­PI­ONS 218 off 45.3 overs (Odean Smith 68 not out, Jamie Mer­chant 37, Fabi­an Allen 23; Joshua Bish­op 5-35, Ash­ley Nurse 2-51)

PRIDE 167 off 41.1 overs (Shai Hope 51, Justin Greaves 36, Shamarh Brooks 27, Jonathan Carter 26; An­dre Mc­Carthy 6-16, Fa­bi­en Allen 2-41)

(CMC)