COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago – Barbados Pride defeated Trinidad & Tobago Red Force by seven wickets on today’s final day of their ninth and penultimate round WICB Professional Cricket League first-class match at the National Cricket Stadium.
Set 71 to win, the Pride made 74 of three in 23.5 overs to win the fixture about 40 minutes after the tea break.
Opener Omar Phillips was caught at first slip by Narsingh Deonarine off fast bowler Marlon Richards without scoring in the second over of the chase
Shai Hope joined captain and West Indies Test colleague Kraigg Brathwaite and they took the score to 64 before Hope was caught at slip by Yannick Ottley off off-spinner Deonarine for 36 in the 18th over.
And four runs later Brathwaite was run out for 31 before Shamarh Brooks and Chase saw the side to their meagre victory target.
Red Force, following-on with a deficit of 170, started the day on 117 for one and would have hoped that their batsmen could have earned them a draw. But they were bowled out for 240 in 82.1 overs one hour after lunch.
As he had done in the first innings Barbadian Kyle Hope was again the top-scorer with 76 from his overnight 67, following a first innings knock of 77. Hope, the older brother of Shai, batted for 171 minutes, faced 149 balls and hit ten fours. But he would have been sorely disappointed that two opportunities at three figures had gone a-begging.
Apart from Hope only nightwatchman Marlon Richards made any impact with the bat today, making 39 before he was caught at slip by Hope off off-spinner Chase. Yesterday Imran Khan had also been dismissed for 39.
West Indies Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was the main wicket-taker with five for 54 off 27.1 overs, while medium-pacer Kevin Stoute supported well with four for 50 off 19 overs. Warrican started the slide when he had Hope caught by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich in the 46th over to make the score 135 for 2.
And the procession continued throughout the afternoon.
Pride collected 17 points to move to 123 points, ahead of the final round of games starting next week.
With Guyana Jaguars, who started this round with 125 points, battling to a stalemate in their encounter with bottom dwellers Leeward Islands Hurricanes, it means they along with Pride will head into the final round with little separating them.