Beaten by the rain

Kyle Mayers top scored for Barbados
Kyle Mayers top scored for Barbados

BASSETERRE – Rain and mathematical calculations had the final say as the Leeward Islands defeated Barbados by 22 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the sixth round WICB Super50 championship match at Warner Park in St. Kitts today.

Chasing 165 for victory off 50 overs after Barbados were dismissed for a paltry 164 in the 47th over, the Leeward Islands were 126 for five off 33 overs when rain stopped play at 4:30 p.m. The match was then abandoned one hour later.

The not out batsmen at the time were Jahmar Hamilton on 33 and Tonito Willett on 14.

Play had belatedly resumed in the post-lunch session at 2.20 p.m. following a delay by 35 minutes for rain, with the Leeward Islands on 22 for two off seven overs.

Earlier in the Barbados’ innings Man-of-the-Match Tonito Willett had career-best figures of 6 for 19 in his ten overs of medium pace. Left-handed batsman Kyle Mayers top-scored with 37 batting at No. 8 after the rest of the order played atrocious cricket. Mayers faced 57 balls and struck four fours and two sixes. He added 53 for the eighth wicket with off-spinner Ashley Nurse (17) which was the best partnership of the innings.

The debacle that was the Barbados’ innings looked unlikely at the start with openers Rashidi Boucher (25) and Kraigg Brathwaite (24), fresh from a century in their four-day encounter, adding 49 in 9.4 overs with little bother. However, Boucher’s wicket, bowled by Willett as he edged an attempted cut into his stumps, opened the floodgates.

With the score on 62 Brathwaite followed Boucher into the pavilion when he was leg-before wicket to Willett playing across the line. Willet then took four further wickets, claiming the first six as Barbados slipped to 76 for six by the 26th over. Willett accounted for Shane Dowrich (0), captain Kirk Edwards (10), Jonathan Carter (7) and Kevin Stoute (0).

Only Sulieman Benn batting at number 10 made any other significant score contributing 25 off 37 balls with four boundaries.

Fast bowler Tino Best made early in-roads into the Leeward Islands innings, bowling opener Lyndel Richardson for nine in the fourth over and having left-hander Shane Burton caught by wicket-keeper Dowrich for nought in the sixth to leave the hosts on 21 for 2. The dismissal of Kieran Powell, stumped by Dowrich off Nurse for 16 left Leewards precariously placed on 28 for 3 in the 9th over. †

However an important 36 by wicketkeeper Devon Thomas got Leewards closer to their target and he got good assistance from Hamilton. Then the rains came with Leewards holding a vital, and eventual match-winning advantage. (WG/BCA)

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