PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Barbados Pride pulled off an emphatic victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force today, when they crushed their hosts by 292 runs, to notch their first win of the newly minted Regional Four-Day Championship.
The visitors secured victory in the first over after lunch on the final day of the second round contest as Red Force crumbled for an embarrassing 99 in their second innings, in pursuit of an unlikely target of 392 at Queen’s Park Oval.
Pride’s assault was led by captain Kevin Stoute who snatched three for 14 while fellow seamer, Test bowler Kemar Roach, finished with three 33.
Resuming the day on 57 for three, Red Force lost their last six wickets for 42 runs – with opener Jeremy Solozano again unable to bat because of illness.
Other than Kyle Hope (26) and Yannic Cariah (25) who perished on Sunday’s third day, no other batsman made it into double figures.
Pride were forced to wait until the eighth over of the morning before finding success when Roach had captain Yannick Ottley, yet to score from overnight, caught at the wicket for two with the score on 64.
In the very next over, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican had nightwatchman Marlon Richards caught at bat-pad for seven without any addition to the overall score, to leave Red Force reeling.
Debutant Jyd Goolie spent 46 minutes and 26 balls over nine before he was bowled by Stoute who struck again in his next over by removing Roshon Primus to a catch at the wicket for two, at 80 for seven.
Wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo holed out in the deep off pacer Justin Greaves for eight before lunch as the Red Force innings lay in ruins at 99 for eight at the interval.
And Roach applied the finishing touches immediately following the break when he bowled Jon-Russ Jaggesar for three.
For their efforts, Pride took away 18.4 points while Red Force mustered four.
In other regional cricket action, champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller snatched his 24th five-wicket haul in first class cricket to fire Jamaica Scorpions to a stunning come-from-behind 41-run victory over hapless Windward Islands Volcanoes.
With the visitors set a mere 106 to win at Sabina Park, captain Miller scythed through their innings with five for 22 to send them tumbling for 64 all out on the final day of their second round game that saw 18 wickets fall.
He was well supported by leg-spinner Damion Jacobs who finished with three for 17, as Scorpions picked up their first win of the season following their defeat to Guyana Jaguars in Georgetown last week.
For Volcanoes, it was their second straight loss, coming on the backs of their nine-wicket defeat to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Port of Spain in the last round.
No such result for Scorpions seemed possible when they slumped from their overnight 92 for two to 159 all out, with opener John Campbell top-scoring with 67 and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood getting 27.
The pair extended their overnight third wicket partnership to 46 before being separated, when Blackwood departed in the day’s sixth over after adding 11 to his overnight score.
His dismissal triggered a terminal decline for Scorpions as they lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs in quick time, as 21-year-old left-arm spinner Larry Edward picked up career-best figures of six for 20.
Campbell, unbeaten on 43 overnight, completed his seventh first class half-century, striking six fours off 141 balls in three hours at the crease.
Then, what should have been a straightforward run chase quickly turned into a nightmare for Volcanoes as they lost wickets steadily, with only opener Devon Smith (19) and Barbadian all-rounder Kyle Mayers (15 not out) reaching double figures. Scorpions claimed 16.2 points while Volcanoes picked up 5.2.
Meanwhile at Warner Park, St Kitts, Leeward Islands Hurricanes stunned the Guyana Jaguars with an unlikely four-wicket victory.
The Jaguars had made 293 in their first innings to which Hurricanes were bundled out for 158 giving the Jaguars a healthy 135 runs lead. The Jaguars then sped to 233 for 8 declared, leaving the Hurricanes what looked like a monumental target of 369 for victory.
But scores of 114 from Montcin Hodge, 82 from Nkrumah Bonner, Kieran Powell’s 54 and an unbeaten 49 from Jahmar Hamilton saw the Hurricanes reach 372 for six to claim a memorable win.