Jamaica Scorpions’ top-order batsman, Andre McCarthy, has listed application as one of the primary reasons behind his maiden one-day century in the WICB/NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. Entering the fray with Jamaica in a delicate position of 61 for three against ICC Americas – after electing to bat – the 28-year-old McCarthy went on hit 118. His knock, which was the cornerstone of Jamaica’s 260 for eight, included four sixes and 11 fours. ICC Americas, a guest team in the three-week tournament, were then bowled out for 76. “I’ve always said I wanted a hundred and, thankfully, it came in the second game of the tournament,” said McCarthy. “It was a matter of application, adjusting to the team situation and playing within the team plan. “Jamaica was in a tight position as the Americas seamers were bowling well. I had to therefore try and fight out the seamers and, hopefully, when they came back capitalise, and that’s what I did,” he explained. The innings, which propelled McCarthy to the Player-of-the-Match award, was his second career hundred, after scoring 121 away to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Tournament late last year. That game was also played in Trinidad, and although describing the pitches in the twin-island republic as difficult to play on, he says he hopes to continue scoring runs. “The wickets in Trinidad are very difficult to score fast and bat on,” he quipped. “But I like to consider myself as a fighting batsman, and the hope is that I will continue to do well.” Jamaica Scorpions, second in Group C on five points after also scoring a bonus point against the Americas, will today play third-place Barbados Pride (four points) at Queen’s Park Oval in their third of six first-round fixtures. SEMIS Leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, in the meantime, are two from two on 10 points and will play the Americas at Shaw Park. The group winners and runners-up will progress to the semi-finals. “They (Barbados) are a good team and always difficult to beat,” stated McCarthy. “However, we have a good team as well and just have to turn up with our ‘A’ game and work hard.” Jamaica Scorpions: John Campbell (captain), Sheldon Cottrell, Trevon Griffith, Nicholson Gordon, Jermaine Harrison, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Tamar Lambert, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Aldaine Thomas, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas. Barbados Pride: Kevin Stoute (captain), Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chasem Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Dane Currency, Justin Greaves, Ashley Nurse, Mario Rampersaud, Dwayne Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kenroy Williams.
KINGSTON:Scotiabank made a special presentation to Marva Bernard, former president of the Netball Jamaica (NJ), for her contribution to the development of the sport.”We have seen your dedication and hard work and wanted to personally express our appreciation to you for all that you have done for netball over the years,” said Jacqueline Sharp, president and CEO of Scotia Group, after making the presentation in her office at Scotiabank Centre on Tuesday.”Our netballers have risen to such great international prominence in recent years, and I think it is safe to say that a lot of this success has been attributable to your determination,” Sharp pointed out.Scotiabank has been supporting NJ since 2006 when Bernard first made an appeal to the company for assistance. Since then, the sponsorship has been focused primarily on the development of the Under-16 team and the establishment of a strong core of junior umpires.Her presents included a specially designed tombstone, which reads: ‘Presented to Marva Bernard, Past President Netball Jamaica, for passionate advocacy, dedicated administration, outstanding service and sterling contribution to the development and growth of netball in Jamaica’.Bernard expressed delight at the recognition.”To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement,” she said. “I have always felt like a part of the Scotiabank family. My job was made much easier because I have never felt uncomfortable to ask for help,” she continued.HER WORDS OF WISDOMShe also used the opportunity to share her own words of wisdom.”Success,” she said, “is really about relationship building. Persons need to remember that ethics and accountability are important, and sponsors need to know that you are using their money wisely,” she advised.She added: “If you don’t have supportive friends, the road can get lonely, but always remember it’s not what you get, it’s what you become that is important.”In this new phase of her life, Bernard says she is enjoying retirement.”There are days when I wake up and I want to do nothing,” she said.However, for the most part, she admits taking up swimming in the mornings, training for a 5K and assisting her church with a number of projects. She also remains open to organisations that may want to lean on her expertise.