BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Led by a blistering, maiden List A hundred from Kyle Mayers, and steady spin bowling from rookie Joshua Bishop and the seasonedAshley Nurse, Barbados Pride brought an end to the perfect start of hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Wednesday.
Chasing 256 for victory, the Hurricanes ran into choppy waters on 112 for five in the 26th over before former captain Devon Thomas hit a resolute 50 from 85 balls and Terance Warde made 41 from 46 balls to lead a rear-guard action in a day/night, Group A contest at Warner Park.
Thomas and Warde shared 67 for the seventh wicket before they were dismissed off successive deliveries to leave the hosts 179 for seven in the 41st over and the Hurricanes fight-back ran out of steam, propelling the Pride to a morale-boosting, 32-run win.
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Kieran Powell hit 30, Jeremiah Louis got 21 and captain Jahmar Hamilton added 20 to prop up the Hurricanes batting, but they all failed to carry on and the hosts stumbled to their first defeat in four matches.
Bishop, a former West Indies Under-19 player, grabbed 3-31 from his allotted 10 overs and Nurse snared 3-46 from his 10 overs to lead the destruction of the Hurricanes batting, also giving the Pride their third win in four matches.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again in two days’ time in the return match at the Conaree Cricket Centre.
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Left-hander Mayers had earlier breathed life into the Pride’s batting with a dynamic, run-a-ball 113 that brought them back from the brink of despair after they decided to bat on a placid Warner Park pitch.
The ambidextrous all-rounder slammed nine fours and eight sixes and shared 117 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper/batsman Tevyn Walcott that transformed the Pride’s innings before they were bowled out for 255 in 49.5 overs.
Walcott made 39, Pride captain Jonathan Carter made 34 and opener Leniko Boucher got 23, but there was little substance from the rest of the batting.
Mayers, who also bowls right-arm fast-medium, brought up his hundred from 106 balls, when he languidly lofted spinner Yannick Leonard for a straight six onto the media centre at the northern end of the ground.
Sheno Berridge continued his impressive bowling in the tournament, taking 4-38 from his allotted 10 overs, to carry his tally of scalps for the tournament to 13, and left-arm spinner Jason Campbell supported with 3-30 from five overs.
Group “A” games continue on Thursday, when defending champions Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners face Canada in a day-time contest, starting at 9 a.m. at Conaree. This will be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, and the Windies Cricket You Tube channel.
Source: CWI Media