Hat-trick hero McCarthy bowls Scorpions into Super50 Semis
Man-of-the-Match Andre McCarthy bagged a career-best six wickets, including a hat-trick, to lift the Jamaica Scorpions to a remarkable victory over the Barbados Pride and a place into the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 Cup.
McCarthy, bowling his part-time off-spin, picked up the last six Barbados wickets for just 15 runs, as the Pride, chasing 219 runs to win, were skittled out for 167 in 41.1 overs.
The match was seemingly heading the way of the Bajans, as they looked purposeful and in command in their run chase, and were comfortably placed at 152 for four in the 33rd over.
Following the wicket of innings top-scorer Shai Hope for 51, things began to take a turn for the Pride, as McCarthy and left-arm spinner Fabian Allen, who picked up two wickets, tightened the screws on the remaining batters.
McCarthy would begin his demolition duties when he picked up the first of his six wickets when he removed captain Jason Holder lbw for one.
He then had Nicholas Kirton caught by substitute Sheldon Cottrell for three, before claiming the next three batsmen in succession.
First Ashley Nurse edged behind for two, then McCarthy rattled the stumps of Akeem Jordan and Joshua Bishop with consecutive balls to leave the Pride in tatters at 165 for nine.
Two runs later, McCarthy needed just one ball in his 10th over to wrap up the match, when he bowled the last man Chemar Holder for two runs, to leave Roston Chase not out on seven.
"From I went out there and I didn't make any runs, I knew I had to contribute something in the game, and I told the skipper to give me the ball because I wanted to do the job for the team," said McCarthy.
Earlier, Odean Smith hit a brilliant late order unbeaten half-century to help the Scorpions post a respectable score after they were reeling at 87 for eight in the 25th over.
Smith and Jamie Merchant added 80 runs for the ninth wicket and then Jeavor Royal joined Smith and put on 51 runs for the final wicket, to lift the Scorpions to 218 all out in 45.3 overs.
Merchant contributed 37 and Royal 16, to leave Smith not out on 68 from 47 balls with five fours and four sixes.
The win propels the Scorpions to eight points and a place in the semi-finals where they will face the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.