Pride bats bun­gle chase

UK Barbados Nation - - SPORT STARTS - By EZRA STU­ART ezras­tu­art @na­tion­news.com

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.

Ex­pe­ri­enced

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.

Class

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”.

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