Jamaica 282 for 5 (Lambert 88, McCarthy 93, Mathew 3-33) beat Windward Islands 268 for 8 (Lesporis 100*, Smith 52, Miller 3-35) by 14 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Keddy Lesporis' unbeaten century went in vain as Windward Islands fell short by 14 runs against Jamaica in the opening match of the Nagico Super50 under lights at Queen's Park Oval. Earlier, fifties by Tamar Lambert and Andre McCarthy carried Jamaica to 282 for 5.
Jamaica were in trouble at 32 for 3 after choosing to bat first, jolted by the right-arm seamer Mervin Mathew, who took all three wickets. Lambert and McCarthy then added 179 for the fourth wicket and it turned out to be the most decisive partnership of the match. Lambert made 88 off 99 balls before he was caught off Delorn Johnson. McCarthy too was unlucky to miss his century when he fell for 93 off 124 balls, which included ten fours and two sixes. Late hitting by Andre Russell and Carlton Baugh took Jamaica past the 280 mark.
Windwards were given a strong start by their openers Devon Smith and Johnson Charles, who added 62 in 11.3 overs. Nikita Miller got the breakthrough when he removed Charles for 40 and Windwards needed to rebuild after they were at 97 for 3. Lesporis and Smith added 52 for the fourth wicket before Smith fell for 52.
Windwards lost their way after that stand and were all but out of the contest at 215 for 8 in 44.3 overs. However, Lesporis and Mathew showed some fight with a stand of 53 in 5.3 overs but it wasn't enough to overhaul Jamaica's score. Lesporis finished with an unbeaten 100 off 98 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. Miller finished with 3 for 35 while the offspinner Lambert capped an all-round performance with 2 for 32.