Ballards Valley’s McCarthy targets national title
National Under-19 representative Andre McCarthy turned in a blistering batting display to guide Junction Ballards Valley to an exciting 36-run victory over Junction Bull Savannah in the St Elizabeth parish final of the Social Development Commission (SDC)/Wray & Nephew National Community T20 Cricket Competition at the Manley Horne Sports Park on Sunday.
McCarthy, who represented St Elizabeth Technical High School in cricket competition last season, produced a superb knock of 39 runs from 10 balls to guide Ballards Valley to 186 for four from their 20 overs. McCarthy's innings includes three sixes and four fours.
Played in front of a fair size crowd, McCarthy then returned to picked up one wicket for 19 runs from his four overs of medium pace to help restrict Bull Savannah to 144 all out in 19.2 overs.
A CONFIDENT MCCARTHY
McCarthy was delighted with his performance and said he is very confident that his team can go on to win the all-island championships.
"I went out and planned that I was going to lead my team to victory, and I did that, and we are all very happy," McCarthy told STAR Sports.
"My batting and bowling were [key] because I contributed well in both aspects of the game. We are now in the national finals and I am very confident that we can go on and win the competition," McCarthy added. "This team is very confident, and once we play good cricket, then we can win this competition quite easily."
McCarthy received solid support from Brain Gayle, who topscored with 54 runs off 42 balls. Allan Powell also chipped in with 31 for Ballards Valley.
Troy Powell was the leading wicket-taker for Bull Savannah with two for 40.
Lennox Simpson was the leading scorer for Bull Savannah with 33 runs off 30 balls. Roberto Simpson picked up three for 23 for Ballards Valley.
Meanwhile, Barbary Hall defeated Watchwell Greenfield by 20 runs to secure the St Elizabeth parish third-place title in the opening match of the double-header.