Century brightens McCarthy's season

November 28, 2015
Andre McCarthy

Up-and-coming batsman, AndrE McCarty, says that now he has got a taste of what it feels like to score a century, he plans to add to the milestone.

The diminutive stroke-maker, who made his regional first-class debut two seasons ago, rose to the occasion last weekend when he scored 121 for Jamaica Scorpions against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in WICB First Class Championship action at Queen's Park Oval.

The knock was the cornerstone of the Scorpions first innings 291, and laid the platform for a four-wicket triumph.

"I hope to score at least one more century this season," McCarthy said.

"It was the first time I was scoring a century, and it really felt good. I would like that feeling again.

"It is just for me to stay focused, and put in the work."

A member of the West Indies Under-19 team in 2006, McCarthy could be considered a late bloomer having made his debut in 2013. Since then, the 28-year-old has gone to represent the country in 11 matches, three this season.

Heading into this season, however, it was a cagey period for McCarty, as from eight matches, he had only one half-century to show.

Rewarded with another opportunity to show his worth, after emerging as the top batsman during the Jamaica Trials, McCarthy has however been in fairly good form. He scored 30 in Jamaica's second innings away to Barbados Pride, made 92 against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park before his innings in Trinidad.

"I was batting goof in the trials, and felt good at the crease, and knew it was just a matter of taking it over into the season," he said.

McCarthy will next get another opportunity to achieve his targets next weekend when Jamaica, currently in second position, host bottom-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park.

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