Pride bats bungle chase
IT WAS like the calm before the storm as the Barbados Pride batsmen self-destructed against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the 3Ws Oval.
Set a modest but tricky victory target of 170 runs, the Hurricanes wiped out the Pride’s fragile batting line-up for a meagre 135 in
51.5 overs to win their first-round day-night pink ball match by 34 runs in the Regional 4-Day Cricket Championship.
Uncomplicated off-spinner Terrance Warde shattered the Pride’s hopes by capturing the key wickets of the experienced Jonathan Carter (24) and Pride captain Shamarh
Brooks (32) on either side of lunch before wrapping up the innings just before tea.
He finished with career-best figures of four for 33 from 15.5 overs, while returning young West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph accounted for left-handed openers Anthony Alleyne and Shayne Moseley before removing wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott, who made 30, to end with three for 16 off 13 impressive overs.
Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs also weighed in with two for
37 off ten overs.
The Hurricances celebrated their second triumph in successive years over the Pride this year following the two-day thrashing at Kensington Oval in November last year.
Barbados Pride started the day on 13 for one and Moseley (7) had his stumps shattered by Joseph for the second time in the match.
Carter joined Brooks at 16 for two and the two experienced batsmen, with 136 first-class matches between them, added 50 for the third wicket.
But just as Barbados Pride were seizing the initiative, Carter was bowled for 24, cutting at a delivery from Warde which skidded off the pitch.
There was more trouble for Barbados Pride as new batsman Aaron Jones made just one before edging a googly from Jacobs onto his stumps.
The Pride went to lunch at 82 for four and on resumption, immediately suffered a major setback when Brooks missed his cross-batted swing at a full toss from Warde and was bowled.
He hit three fours in his 76-ball knock in two hours at the crease.
Justin Greaves, who got a chance on eight when Hurricanes captain and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas spilled a regulation catch off Joseph, did not capitalise on his good fortune.
Thomas replaced Joseph with pacer Jeremiah Louis and he produced a peach of a delivery, to hit Greaves’ off-stump after he pushed forward.
Barbados Pride were tottering on 94 for six at that stage but Walcott showed his class with some lovely shots as he and Hayden Walsh launched a counterattack in a 36-run seventh-wicket stand.
Walcott elegantly cover-drove Louis for four to bring up the Pride’s 100 before whipping the next delivery off his pads over the forward squareleg boundary for six.
When Jacobs replaced Louis, Walcott swept him for another four while Walsh brought the equation down to less than 50 runs by lifting Warde for a six over wide long-on.
In the next over, Walsh cover drove Jacobs for four and also gathered two with a lofted shot through midwicket but the bowler had the last laugh.
Jacobs produced the googly, which deceived the left-handed Walsh as he advanced down the pitch and was swiftly stumped by Thomas for 15.
At that point, the Pride only needed 40 more runs for victory but Joseph returned for another spell and trapped Walcott leg before wicket with a delivery that kept low as the batsman went back instead of forward.
The end came swiftly as Keon Harding and Chemar Holder fell off consecutive balls from Warde for “ducks”.