An unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 168 between Jonathan Carter and Roston Chase guided defending champions Barbados Pride to their second successive victory in Zone A of the Regional Super50 Tournament at the Three Ws Oval this afternoon.
Set a target of 228 to win the match by their opponents Hampshire, the Pride scored 231 for the loss of three wickets to record a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in 46.2 overs. They were wobbling at 63 for three when Carter and Chase took charge of the innings. Carter, the Man of the Match, scored 92 from 119 balls, including two sixes and seven fours. Chase was undefeated on 85 compiled from 93 balls with seven fours and two sixes. One of his sixes struck over midwicket off the bowling of left-arm fast bowler Christopher Wood ended the game.
Carter batted with ease throughout his innings, stroking the ball elegantly on both sides of the wicket. He reached his half-century off 67 balls while Chase compiled his fifty from fifty balls. The lanky right-handed batsman who is known for his dogged style played several attacking shots from the time he came to the crease.
They came together after the Hampshire bowlers had forced the host team on the back foot. Opener Kevin Stoute was the first wicket to fall caught at the wicket by Lewis McManus for 2 off the bowling of Bradley Wheal with the score on 5.
Stoute’s opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite was yorked by fast bowler Fidel Edwards for 12, and at 36 for two Hampshire appeared to be edging back into the game. Shai Hope played an entertaining innings of 34 that ended when he was caught at cover off Wood. His dismissal paved the way for the Carter and Chase show.
Earlier, Hampshire scored 227 for 7 off their fifty overs, with former Zimbabwe Test batsman Sean Ervine top-scoring with 63. He came to the crease with the English County in a difficult position at 29 for the loss of three wickets.
The first wicket to fall was that of opener Calvin Dickinson who scored nine runs before he was caught by wicketkeeper Hope off fast bowler Miguel Cummins with the score also on nine in the fourth over.
His opening partner Thomas Alsop was bowled by captain Kraigg Brathwaite, trundling his off-spin, for 12, leaving the visitors struggling at 26 for two.
In the early stages of the match, the pitch seemed to be favouring the spinners. Brathwaite introduced himself into the attack after the tenth over. The next over it was all spin from the Pride with the introduction of off-spinner Ashley Nurse into the attack.
Nurse bowled the veteran batsman James Adams in the thirteenth over for 3 and at that stage Hampshire were 29 for three. However, Ervine and Joe Weatherly (51) revived the innings with a fourth-wicket partnership of 112. Weatherly struck two massive sixes before he was caught and bowled by Chase.
The Hampshire batsmen took their time at the crease crawling to 50 in 20.2 overs. At the end of 25 overs Hampshire were 74 for 3. Later the innings was given much-needed impetus by Lewis McManus who struck 47 with three fours and three sixes to help push the score to its eventual total.
Some of the spectators were of the view that captain Kraigg Brathwaite lost the plot by bowling his spinners for most of the Hampshire innings. But their total would prove easily manageable by the Pride in the end.
Cummins was the leading bowler for the Pride with 3 wickets for 27 runs from 8 overs including two maidens.