Burly off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall and part-time medium-pacer Devon Thomas triggered a stunning Barbados Pride batting collapse in the West Indies Championship on Thurday in Trinidad, leaving Leeward Islands Hurricanes to chase 247 to win.
Cornwall ended with five for 19 from 7.2 overs to finish with match figures of 11 for 69, and Thomas grabbed a career-best five for 22 from nine overs, and defending champions Pride – leading by 168 on first innings – were bowled out for a meagre 78 in their second innings.
Barbados appeared to be cruising when Zachary McCaskie, who top scored with 29 and Shayne Moseley who made 27, were involved in a 59-run opening stand.
But in a shocking and sudden batting collapse, the Pride lost all 10 wickets for just 19 runs to be dismissed for their fourth lowest total in the modern era of the Championship (from 1966 onwards).
Cornwall opened the floodgates when he removed McCaskie in his third over and Barbados’ innings crumbled in 51 balls.
Hurricanes were 13 without loss from two overs before stumps were drawn on a dramatic day with Montcin Hodge not out on nine and left-handed fellow opener Kieran Powell yet to score.
Pride had earlier resumed from their overnight total of 316 for eight and added only eight before being dismissed for 324 in their first innings inside the first half-hour to claim three batting bonus points.
Test wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich, their captain, finishing with an undefeated 124, his eighth first-class hundred.
Left-arm pacer Dominic Drakes, son of former Barbados and West Indies pacer turned Pride coach Vasbert Drakes, and bearded new-ball partner Jair McAllister ripped through the Hurricanes top-order and had them wobbling on 63 for six at lunch.
Hurricanes captain Jahmar Hamilton tried to counter attack either side of the interval and ended with the top score of 30, and the lower-order responded to the crisis before they were dismissed for 154 in their first innings a little before the tea interval to concede full bowling bonus points to the Pride.
A handful of batsmen got starts without carrying on – Jeremiah Louis score 24, so too, Colin Archibald, and Thomas and Hayden Walsh Jr added 20 each to bring some respectability to the total.
Drakes was the most successful Pride bowler with three for 38 from 13 overs, and McAllister and Shamar Springer took two wickets apiece. (RB/CMC)