A reinforced Barbados Pride rebounded from losses to Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to beat ICC Americas by four wickets in their fourth round Day/Night match of the WICB NAGICO Super50 Championship at Queen’s Park Oval tonight.
Set 203 to win in 50 overs, Barbados Pride reached 206 for six off 36.3 overs with West Indies opener and Man of the Match Kraigg Brathwaite leading the run chase with a polished unbeaten 86. He was the force that first steadied the innings in the face of some early hiccups and then propelled the team to victory while facing 101 balls and striking nine fours.
He lost Dwayne Smith early for a duck when the struggling opener was dismissed by pacer Timroy Allen, caught at deep cover. Having retired from first-class cricket and depending only on limited overs matches to keep in form, Smith looks a pale imitation of the batsman he once threatened to be and his place in the starting eleven must surely be questioned.
Shai Hope, recently returned from the forgettable tour of Australia, was also dismissed in Allen’s first over. He attempted to force a short ball off the backfoot and instead edged to second slip where he was caught by Alex Amsterdam for nought to make the Pride 2 for 1.
Left-handed batsman Jonathan Carter joined Brathwaite and looked in excellent touch, driving crisply down the ground and also playing a few lovely shots square of the wicket. He dominated a 60-run partnership with Brathwaite and just when he looked destined for a bigger innings he was caught by wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq off off-spinner Nitish Kumar for 35 in the 10th over.
Shamarh Brooks joined Brathwaite who was steadily accumulating his runs with the occasional boundary but mainly ensuring he rotated the strike. Brooks, like Carter, looked assured from the start and moved serenely to 25 in a 48-run partnership with Brathwaite before he was dismissed by Kumar, caught at short midwicket off a mistimed stroke.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich entered the fray and played delightfully from the start. Any hope the ICC Americas had of stifling the scoring to create pressure was quickly snuffed out by Dowrich’s bold onslaught on the bowling.
Dowrich rushed to 40 in quick time with some elegant strokeplay, especially on the drive. However, one ball after almost being run-out, an attempted single brought some hesitation and he was found short of his crease at the bowler’s end. He and Brathwaite added 76 to allay fears of a lower-order collapse. The Barbados Pride would also lose the wicket of Carlos Brathwaite but by that stage victory was mere formality.
Kumar had 2 for 33 in ten overs while Allen had 2 for 36 in six overs.
Earlier ICC Americas won the toss and elected to bat and were dismissed with two balls to go in the final over.
Their innings was built around number four batsman Srimantha Wijeyeratne who top scored with 46 off 86 balls that included three fours. Left-handed opener Steven Taylor who played for the Barbados Tridents’ franchise in the Caribbean Premier League last year, chipped in with 41 made off 48 deliveries that included six fours and one six.
Right-arm medium-pacer Carter was the leading wicket-taker with four for 37 off 9.4 overs.
Captain Jason Holder picked up two for 26 off eight overs and fellow West Indies fast bowling all-rounder and new ball partner Carlos Brathwaite had two for 27 off seven overs.