Sent in to bat, the Shamarh Brooks-led team were always up against it when they mustered a modest 174 on a slow pitch, which suited the varied four-man CCC spin attack of leg-spinner Keron Cottoy, off-spinner Jon Russ Jaggesar and left-arm spinners Linton Buchanan and Yannick Ottley.
The spin quartet kept the brakes on the middle order after captain Carlos Brathwaite and fellow new-ball bowler Akeem Jordan had given away precious little at the start.
CCC made light of the target, scoring at five an over with Kyle Corbin and the left-handed Kjorn Ottley blazing to 70 without loss in the 15th over. The stylish Corbin unleashed a series of delightful shots en route to 40 off just 46 balls, while Ottley, who was especially strong on the back foot, cracked 42 with two fours and three sixes.
This was a cakewalk for CCC as the Pride’s spinners, Sulieman Benn and Ashley Nurse, created few problems and even though Amir Jangoo fell cheaply shortly after the loss of both openers, there was never any doubt about the result with Jonathan Drakes and Brathwaite holding their nerve.
The Pride introduced Jonathan Carter, but his rarely used off-spin conceded 18 runs in two overs. The last throw of the dice came in the 28th over when Brooks turned to Kevin Stoute in the 28th over at 133 for three. He was greeted by the elegant Drakes, who smashed him for three boundaries in his first over.
The match was as good as over and the muscular Brathwaite hastened the end with towering sixes off Nurse, the first crashing atop the Tim Hector Media Centre, the second over midwicket and into the road ending the contest with nearly 20 overs to spare, the match finishing in the 32nd over. Brathwaite’s even unbeaten fifty off 31 balls and three for 21 made him the undisputed Man Of The Match.
Barbados Pride will reflect on a poor start in which they limped to 23 for two after ten overs, losing Leniko Boucher and Brooks. Boucher was run out, setting off for a non-existent single while Brooks was leg-before to Brathwaite for a second-ball duck.
The Pride’s batting was propped up by opener Shayne Moseley, who batted for 33 overs for a solid 49.
Left to Stoute
Unfortunately, Kevin Stoute was the only other specialist batsman, who came to grips with the conditions. When Moseley departed, the Pride were still in a hole at 95 for five and it was left to Stoute to give the innings some impetus.
In the 38th over, Stoute hit Yannick Ottley straight for four and then in the next over smashed Buchanan inside out over extra cover for six. When it seemed Stoute would go on to a big score, he perished in the 41st over, Yannick Ottley taking a good, diving low catch at long-on off Buchanan. Benn restrained himself for 19 balls, adding some useful runs with Shamar Springer, before he lost patience and was bowled charging Jordan.
The Pride’s innings was boosted by some bold hitting from Miguel Cummins, who smashed Cottoy for three huge sixes between midwicket and long-on in the penultimate over. His knock was ended by a brilliant return catch, Cottoy diving spectacularly to his left to gobble up the offering inches from the turf.
Cummins made 20 off just seven balls to give the Pride’s total some respectability. It was all in vain as the CCC coasted to victory, the end coming at 3:05 p.m. with 18.3 overs to spare.
Barbados remain winless after three matches with two defeats and a washout while this was the second win for the CCC. The Pride’s next match will be a clash against the United States tomorrow afternoon at Kensington Oval.
by firstname.lastname@example.orgBARBADOS had their pride dented yet again as Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners, all confidence and aggression, rolled over them by seven wickets in theat yesterday.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: CCC captain Carlos Brathwaite led from the front as he rocked Barbados with bat and ball.