It is called the NAGICO Super50 Tournament but there was nothing super about the quality of the encounter between Barbados Pride and Jamaica Scorpions on a dry track at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago today.
Batting first after winning the toss, Barbados Pride were bundled out for 138 in 45.5 overs on a wicket that turned sharply from the outset. In response Jamaica Scorpions reached 139 for 8 to win by two wickets under mounting pressure.
Barbados were two down in the blink of an eye after openers Dwayne Smith and Kyle Corbin combined to make a single run. Corbin was leg before wicket to left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cotterrell for a duck, and Smith whose batting continues to disappoint mightily, was caught at mid-off by Devon Thomas off fast bowler Nicholson Gordon for one.
The procession to and from the middle continued with captain Kevin Stoute’s 39 the only innings of note. His 44-run partnership with Jonathan Carter (18) was the best of the innings. Mario Rampersaud (20) and Sulieman Benn (18 not out) added 39 for the ninth wicket to save Pride further embarrassment.
Cotterrell was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 18 off 7.5 overs. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs chipped in with 3 for 38 from his 10 overs.
In response Jamaica lost the early wicket of Trevon Griffith when off-spinner Ashley Nurse had him caught at cover by Shamarh Brooks for four to make the score 9 for 1. The Scorpions also lost the wicket of captain John Campbell cheaply with the score on 21 but then a good partnership between the in-form Andre McCarthy and Devon Thomas took the score to 105 before McCarthy was caught at slip by Smith top-edging a sweep off Benn for 49.
From there it was like a microcosm of the batting frailty that is the regional side as the Scorpions proceeded to make a major meal of the paltry target losing a further five wickets as Benn captured 4 for 28 in his 10 overs.
Cotterrell smashed two late sixes to bring the target to single figures and together with Nikita Miller finally got the Scorpions home in the 38th over. Cotterrell was named Man of the Match. It was Barbados’ second consecutive defeat.