COOLIDGE – Barbados Pride have been knocked out of contention for the West Indies Super50 Cup.
Chasing 219 for victory in their final preliminary match, the Pride batting was undermined by part-time off-spinner Andre McCarthy with a career-best spell to spur Jamaica Scorpions to a 51-run win under the lights at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Pride looked destined to win at the halfway stage before McCarthy grabbed an incredible six for 16 from 9.1 overs – including a rare hat-trick – to finish with the best figures by a Jamaican bowler in a West Indies Super50 match.
Shai Hope hit the top score of 51 and three others – Justin Greaves, Jonathan Carter and Shamarh Brooks – all got starts without carrying on.
Pride needed 91 from the remaining 25 overs to clinch their second win and confirm a place in the semi-finals and a chance to play for the title.
But they lost their last nine wickets for a modest 49 in less than 20 overs, and they are now left to contend with a meaningless consolation match for either fifth or sixth place.
Earlier, left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop had wrecked the Scorpions’ top order, after the Jamaican franchise chose to bat.
Bishop grabbed five for 35 from his allotted 10 overs and the Scorpions were bowled out for 218 in 45.3 overs in the day/night contest.
The former West Indies Under-19 spinner, 23, became only the third Barbados Pride slow bowler to take five wickets or more in a West Indies Super50 match.
He joined an exclusive club that includes only off-spin bowling teammate Ashley Nurse and retired fellow left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.
Bishop gave Pride an early grip on the match, when he reduced Scorpions to 32 for five in the ninth over – taking all the wickets that fell up to that stage.
Nurse added the scalps of West Indies pair, Rovman Powell, the Scorpions captain, for 19 and Fabian Allen for 23 before pacer Akeem Jordan trapped Derval Green lbw for 10, sinking Scorpions to 87 for eight in the 25th over.
But Pride met resistance, when Odean Smith led a fight-back for Scorpions with a career-best top score of 68 not out from 75 balls that included five fours and four sixes.
The Barbadian franchise took their foot off the gas in the second half of the Scorpions innings and Jamie Merchant made 37 and Jeavor Royal added 16 to breathe life into the Scorpions innings with stands of 80 and 51 respectively, with Smith.
Jamaica Scorpions 218 all out off 45.3 overs (Odean Smith 68 not out, Jamie Merchant 37, Fabian Allen 23, Rovman Powell 19, Jeavor Royal 16, Brandon King 10, Derval Green 10; Joshua Bishop 10-3-35-5, Ashley Nurse 2-51).
Barbados Pride 167 all out off 41.1 overs (Shai Hope 51, Justin Greaves 36, Shamarh Brooks 27, Jonathan Carter 26; Andre McCarthy 9.1-1-16-6, Fabian Allen 2-41).
Jamaica Scorpions players celebrate the fall of a Barbads Pride wicket. (Photo courtesy CWI Media/Philip Spooner)