Jonathan Carter hit an unbeaten half-century as Barbados Pride edged the Leeward Islands Hurricanes by three wickets with just two balls remaining in their Group B clash in the Regional Super50 at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Carter scored 79 not out to lead the Pride to their second win in three days and put them in third position in the group behind the Jamaica Scorpions and the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.
Batting first, the Hurricanes managed to get up to 226 for nine in their 50 overs thanks mainly to Akeem Saunders’ unbeaten knock of 63.
But through the efforts of Carter, the Pride were able to scramble home, posting 227 for nine off 49.4 overs.
Requiring 11 runs to win off the final two overs, Carter and Dominic Drakes scraped three runs off the first three deliveries of the penultimate over bowled by Sheldon Cotterrell, before Cotterrell removed Drakes with his fourth delivery.
However, Hayden Walsh Jr was able to scramble four runs off the final two deliveries, leaving the Pride needing to get four runs off the final six balls.
Jeremiah Louis’ first ball to Carter was a dot ball, but Carter scrambled a bye off the next delivery and Walsh Jr put the icing on the cake by getting two runs off the third delivery to lock the scores, before picking up the winning runs off the very next ball.
Carter’s unbeaten knock took him 118 balls and he struck five boundaries, while Walsh Jr finished unbeaten on seven.
Pride captain Shamarh Brooks (39) and wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott (38), also made useful contributions.
Despite medium pacer Kevin Stoute’s five-wicket haul, the Volcanoes were still able to post a competitive total due to its middle and lower order batsmen.
Stoute wrecked havoc on the top order, claiming the wickets of openers Montcin Hodge for eight and Keacy Carty for 18, as well as Chesney Hughes (12), to leave the Volcanoes in a spot of bother at 57 for three.
After Hayden Walsh Jr dismissed Devon Thomas to leave the score 70 for four, Saunders and Rahkeem Cornwall came together and added 56 runs, with Cornwall scoring 43 of those runs.
Once Cornwall lost his wicket, Saunders teamed up with Orlando Peters, who scored 40 in a 77-run partnership that took the score up to 203 for six.
Saunders batted through the innings, with his 63 coming from 62 balls. He struck five boundaries and two sixes.
Stoute finished with figures of 5-38 while Shamar Springer took 2-47.