The Leeward Islands Hurricanes took a mere two days to whip Barbados Pride by an innings and four runs in their second-round encounter when the Digicel Four Day Tournament continued at Kensington Oval today.
Facing a deficit of 120 after the Hurricanes scored 233 all out in their first innings, former West Indies fast bowler Gavin Tonge blew away the Pride’s batsman taking 6 wickets for 21 runs from 12 overs as the home side were dismissed for 116 in 33 overs and three balls.
The Pride started their innings immediately after lunch, and in the twinkling of an eye, their woes began. Kevin Stoute opened the innings in place of Shayne Moseley who was injured while fielding at short-leg when Jeremiah Louis pulled a ball into his body.
Stoute was the first of Tonge’s victims. The skilful medium-fast bowler induced him to edge a ball to wicketkeeper Devon Thomas when the score was 7, and his dismissal was the start of the beginning of the end for the Pride. In a flash they were 45 for the loss of five wickets as Tonge ripped through the top half of the batting.
He was supported by Man of the Match and fellow seam bowler Jeremiah Louis who took 3 wickets for 43 runs from 10.3 overs to add to six-wicket first innings haul.
Ashley Nurse top scored with 67 from 71 balls. He struck eight fours and three sixes, the other double-figure contributors in the Pride’s innings were Shayne Moseley (15) batting at number 6 and Aaron Jones, 13.
By 4.07 p.m. the match was over, and the few spectators at the ground looked on in shock as the Hurricanes defeated the Pride for the first time since 2009. It was the eighth occasion the visitors had defeated their hosts and the seventh time they had done so on Barbadian soil.
This morning Hurricanes resumed on 116 for the loss of four wickets with overnight batsmen Nkrumah Bonner on 18 and Jacques Taylor not yet off the mark. They were dismissed for 233 just before the lunch break.
The Hurricanes were in early trouble against the off-spin of Kenroy Williams who bowled the second over of the morning from the Malcolm Marshall end after medium pacer Kevin Stoute opened the bowling from the Joel Garner end.
Williams struck with the fifth ball when he had Bonner caught and bowled. The score was 127 for five and seven runs later Williams struck again when he had Taylor caught at the wicket by Mario Rampersaud for 8.
Louis, batting at number six, halted the slide. The 21-year-old recorded his highest score in 24 first-class matches, scoring an unbeaten 62 off 109 balls in 111 minutes with six fours and one six.
He shared two vital partnerships with Terrance Wade and Jason Campbell that dented the pride of the local franchise. He posted 29 for the seventh wicket with Wade who was bowled by Williams for 18 and shared a critical last-wicket stand of 50 with Campbell.
Louis played in an intelligent manner during his stay at the wicket. He came to the crease with his team in trouble at 127 for 5. At that stage, the Hurricanes had a narrow lead, and with the help of the lower order batsmen, 100 runs were while he was at the crease.
The young cricketer played several attractive shots, among them was a massive six over mid-wicket off medium-pacer Justin Greaves.
Eventually, Campbell was caught at second slip by Jomel Warrican off a sharply rising ball from fast bowler Shakeem Clarke for 19. Clarke had been belatedly brought into the attack, and by then the Hurricanes had established a commanding lead of 120.
Williams bowled impressively during the Hurricanes’ innings finishing with 5 for 50 from 20 overs.