Port of Spain, Trinidad (Sporting Alert) – Jamaica beat defending champions Windward Islands by 14 runs to open the NAGICO Super50 tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad & Tobago, on Thursday.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Jamaica recovered from a slow start in which they were struggling at 32 for three to score 282 for five off their 50 overs.
Andre McCarthy hit a team top score of 93 off 124 balls, with 10 fours and two sixes, and Tamar Lambert made 88 from 99 balls, while hitting 10 fours and a six for Jamaica, as the pair shared a fourth wicket partnership of 179.
Andre Russell (28 not out) and Carlton Baugh Jr. (28 not out) then share a quick unbeaten half century partnership for the sixth wicket, as Jamaica scored 92 runs in the last 10 overs.
In reply, the Windward Islands reached 268 for eight off their allotted overs, with middle order batsman Keddy Lesporis ending on a unbeaten 100.
Veteran opener Devon Smith scored 52, while his opening partner Johnson Charles added 40.
Spinner Nikita Miller took three for 35 off 10 overs for Jamaica, while Tamar Lambert finished with two wickets for 32 runs.
When Jamaica batted Mervin Mathew took three wickets for 33 runs for the Windward Islands.
Jamaica Innings: 282/5 (50 Overs). Andre McCarthy 93, Tamar Lambert 88, Andre Russell 28 not out, Carlton Baugh 28 not out; Mervin Matthews 8-2-33-3, Delorn Johnson 10-2-47-1, Johnson Charles 2-0-14-0, Liam Sebastien 10-0-53-0.
Windward Islands Innings: Keddy Lesporis, Devon Smith 52, Johnson Charles 40, Andre Fletcher 21; Nikita Miller 10-0-35-3, Tamar Lambert 10-0-32-2, Dave Bernard 8-0-38-1, Sheldon Cottrell 10-0-66-1.