Barbados Pride remained at the top of the table in Zone A of the Regional Super50 Tournament after defeating English County Hampshire under the Duckworth/Lewis method by 17 runs in a rain-affected match at the Windward Cricket Ground, Lucas Street, St Philip today.
Hampshire’s target was revised twice, after rain ended Pride’s innings at 253 for the loss of six wickets in 49.1 overs. The English County were first set 250 to win the match in 45 overs. But after rain interrupted the game for a second time, the target was revised to 191 in 31 overs. Hampshire were 106 for five wickets in 20.3 overs when the heavens opened up just before 5 o’clock, 15 minutes later, the match was called off and the Pride were declared the winners. The not out batsmen were opener Joe Weatherley on 54 and Bradley Taylor on nine.
Off spinner Ashley Nurse was the main bowler for the Pride with three wickets for 37 runs from 6.3 overs. Earlier, Man of the Match Roston Chase’s excellent form in the tournament continued, when he scored his first List A century for Barbados Pride. Chase who came to the crease with the Pride under pressure at 17 for two wickets scored 105 that included seven fours and two sixes, he faced 117 balls, and shared in two major partnerships with Kraigg Brathwaite and the highly talented but under-utilised Shamar Springer who was playing in his first List A match.
Former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards who appeared to be fired up against his former team took two early wickets to place the Pride on the back foot. Edwards generated a considerable amount of pace in the two spells he bowled. His first victim was opener Omar Philips who was playing in his first match of the tournament.
The left-handed batman did not improve the bad starts the Pride have been getting at the top of the order. He was caught at the wicket by Thomas Alsop off a snorter of a delivery from Edwards for 4. Edwards struck again in the fifth over, his victim this time was Jonathan Carter who was caught at short midwicket by Calvin Dickinson for eight as he turned a fast delivery off his pads but could not keep it down.
Chase joined Brathwaite at the crease and they revived the Pride’s innings with a third-wicket partnership of 95 runs. Chase, who has changed to an attacking style during the tournament, played several sweetly timed shots throughout his innings. He was dropped by Edwards off the bowling of off-spinner Bradley Taylor when he had scored 23.
Chase later rubbed salt into the wounds of the same bowler with a massive shot for six over mid-wicket. His fifty came from 67 balls and included three fours and a six. Brathwaite who like Chase was given a life on 23, compiled 42 before he pulled at a rising ball from Edwards and diverted it into his stumps. His highest score of the tournament came from 80 balls.
Springer, who replaced Brathwaite at the wicket, was given a torrid time by Edwards in the early stages of his innings. The veteran fast bowler struck the young batsman on his helmet with a bouncer. But Springer battled his way out of the fire bowled at him by Edwards and joined Chase in partnership of 117 for the fourth wicket. He fell one run short of a deserved half-century when he was caught at backward point by Sean Ervine off Gareth Breg.
Edwards who was the leading bowler for Hampshire took 4 wickets for 37 runs from 9.1 overs.