Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell has listed patience as the main ingredient for his Player-of-the-Match performance, which led Jamaica Scorpions to a two-wicket win over Barbados Pride in the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament at Queen’s Park Oval on Monday. The top fast bowler in the Jamaica bowling line-up, Cottrell claimed an impressive three for 18 off 7.5 overs as Barbados Pride, electing to bat, were bowled out for 138 inside 45.5 overs. Jamaica, who led with 49 from the in-form AndrÈ McCarthy and 33 from Antiguan Devon Thomas, stole victory at 139 for eight off 38 overs. “The approach was to stay patient and not fight the wicket with the new ball as the wicket was on the slower side,” Cottrell explained. “Therefore, in my first six overs, I tried to focus on putting the ball in the right areas instead of going for pace. And then coming back with the old ball, I simply tried to bowl full and straight.” Less renowned for his batting exploits, Cottrell, who ended unbeaten on 16, also expressed satisfaction with his performance, saying that it was an area of his game that he had been working on. Entering the run chase with Jamaica in dire straits at 118 for eight, Cottrell slammed back-to-back sixes to ease the pressure before guiding home the team along with spinner Nikita Miller. “I’m getting stronger with each game, not only with the ball, but also with the bat,” stated Cottrell. “It (Player-of-the-Match award) was a well-needed one for me personally because I’m striving to be at my best right now as the team’s aim is to be the leading fast bowler, if not the best all-rounder in the tournament.” Jamaica, second in Group A on 10 points, will today turn their attention to leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (12 points) at Shaw Park, and according to Cottrell, he is again looking to perform. The top two teams from the group after double round-robin play will contest the semi-finals. “Trinidad is always a tough team to beat, plus they have the home advantage,” he said. “But I have done well against them more times than not. “We also know in order to win this tournament we have to beat the so-called big teams,” he added.
St Thomas CA and University of the West Indies (UWI) will be hoping to make full use of home conditions when they entertain Kingston CC and Melbourne CC, respectively, in the semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup today. The two-day matchups will see St Thomas and Kingston squaring off at Goodyear Oval, while relative newcomers, the UWI, will entertain former champions Melbourne at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval. “We won our preliminary-round zone and our quarter-final outright and are in form and looking to go all the way,” said Dennis Gordon, president of St Thomas. “Our bowling attack has been consistent, while our batting continues to improve, and as such, Kingston will have to come good if they are to beat us.” St Thomas’ bowling will be spearheaded by national fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown, while captain Carlton Baugh Jr as well as former national youth captain Jamie Trenchfield and the in-form Oshane Roberts will lead the batting. Kingston, on the other hand, will look to the tournament’s top runs-getters, captain Brandon King, national all-rounder Derval Green, and Garth Garvey to lead their batting. The penetrative left-arm spin pair of Paul Harrison and Patrick Harty alongside Green have been their most consistent bowlers. The other semi-final is set to have the unusual occurrence of the same person, national assistant coach Robert Samuels, preparing both teams. The former West Indies, Jamaica, and Melbourne batsman has been coaching the UWI at the tertiary level since 2002. He then took up similar duties at Melbourne in 2012, two years before the UWI were allowed to participate in national competitions. “I am expecting quality cricket from two quality teams,” was all Samuels was prepared to say ahead of the semi-final. “I think either team can come out on top as Melbourne have experience on their side and top Jamaican players in Nikita Miller and AndrÈ McCarthy. “But UWI have youth and fitness on their side, and players with first-class experience in young Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr and the exciting Rovam Powell.”