Man of the Match Shai Hope with 102 and Roston Chase with 72 were the stars in defending champions Barbados Pride’s crushing 183-run victory over Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in Zone A of the Regional Super50 Festival at the Windward Cricket Ground this afternoon. It was the Pride’s fourth consecutive win.
Set 255 for victory after the Pride made 254 for the loss of six wickets, CCC were marooned for 71 runs in 32.1 overs with veteran all-rounder Ryan Hinds top-scoring with 37. Teenage fast bowler Chemar Holder playing in his first fifty-over match for the Pride led the bowling with three wickets for 31 runs from seven overs. He was supported by off-spinner Ashley Nurse who took two wickets for seven runs from five overs including three maidens. Sulieman Benn chipped in with two wickets for no runs from two overs.
The Marooners were in trouble from the third over when fast bowler Kemar Roach who opened the bowling had the opener Ovaine Williams caught behind the wicket by Hope for two, the score was seven at that stage. Pacer Jason Holder playing in his first match of the tournament dismissed the new batsman Kjorn Ottley caught at forward square-leg without a run added to the score.
Chemar Holder added to the Marooners’ woes with two quick wickets, he dismissed Yannick Ottley caught by Hope for four to leave the university-based team struggling at 22 for three. The 19-year-old fast bowler inflicted more damage to the Marooners when captain Kyle Corbin attempting to cut a ball gave Hope his third catch to leave the score at 26 for 4. Hinds and Vikash Mohan took the score past 50. The score was 57 when Mohan hooked a short ball from seamer Carlos Brathwaite and was brilliantly caught by young Holder in the 19th over and the end was near for the Cave Hill lads.
Earlier, Hope and Chase revived the Pride’s batting with a fourth-wicket partnership of 151, after the Pride were floundering at 43 for the loss of three wickets in the 16th over. Hope steered the Pride ship, he faced 135 balls during his stay at the crease striking eight fours and three sixes. One of his sixes sailed over midwicket off fast bowler Jermaine Levy.
He was dropped on 55 but then guided the innings until he was the sixth batsman out caught on the long-on boundary by Kjorn Ottley off the bowling of off-spinner Jameel Stuart in the 47th over. At that stage, the Pride were trying to increase their scoring rate.
Chase was in an attacking mood, he belted the Marooners’ bowlers to all parts of the ground, lashing 72 runs including four boundaries and four sixes with his half-century coming from 66 balls. He was dropped on 41 by Mohan but that did not stop him from attacking the bowling.
He was caught by Stuart at deep extra cover off the bowling of left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds. After his dismissal at 194 in the 39th over, the Pride’s batting stalled as they scored just 36 runs in seven overs.
The Pride were floundering at 43 for 3 in the 16th over when the two Test players began their rescue act. They had lost the wickets of opener Kraigg Brathwaite for two in the third over with the score on 5, he was caught at short mid-on off Levy.
His opening partner Kevin Stoute compiled eight runs before left-arm spinner Hinds who shared the new ball with Levy had him caught by wicketkeeper Carlos Maynard. Jonathan Carter did not get going, the left-handed batsman made 13 before he edged fast bowler Ojay Shields to Maynard.
The Pride’s batsmen were kept on a tight leash by Hinds whose first four overs contained three successive maidens. The veteran all-rounder bowled six overs, five maidens for one run in his first spell. The first boundary was struck off his bowling in the 46th over. Hinds ended with 2 for 22 in his 10 overs, five of which were maidens.
Stuart bowling his off-spin assisted Hinds in drying up the runs with one wicket for 32 runs from eight overs.