McCarthy - It's time to make an impact

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - In-form batsman Andre McCarthy has started off brightly in his quest to build on his commendable showing for Jamaica in last season's regional 50-over cricket.

The 26-year-old middle-order batsman struck 93 off 124 balls to help Jamaica to a 14-run win over the title-holders Windward Islands in Thursday's opening game of the NAGICO Super50 tournament.

Former captain Tamar Lambert hit 88 from 99 balls and took two wickets in the Zone A day/night encounter at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to beat McCarthy to the Man-of-the-Match award.

McCarthy, who tallied over 200 runs in last season's competition to be Jamaica's second leading run scorer behind Nkrumah Bonner, stressed that the time is ripe for him to make his mark.

"I was the second top run scorer for Jamaica last season [and] I have the confidence to go out there and score more runs. It's a new season and I want to keep going out there and assess things.

"I'm 26 and it's now [for me] to make an impact and to let people know who Andre is. I need to better last year's performance and keep putting in the hard work," he told the Jamaica Observer.

In Thursday's game, Jamaica were in trouble at 32 for 3 after choosing to bat first, but Lambert and McCarthy added 179 runs for the fourth wicket that pushed Jamaica to 282-5 and laid the platform for the victory.

Keddy Lesporis struck an even 100 not out in the Windwards' strong reply of 268-8, but left-arm finger spinner Nikita Miller took 3-35 to ensure Jamaica avenged last season's semi-final loss to the same opponents.

The Jamaicans face invited team Ireland at the Queen's Park Oval tomorrow before closing out their preliminary games against Guyana on February 8 at the same venue.

The top two teams in the Zone advance to the semi-final stage.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 12:22