Barbados Pride stage remarkable recovery over Guyana Jaguars

“One of the greatest comebacks of all time!”

That is how head coach of the Barbados Pride, Henderson Springer, has described his side’s remarkable two-run victory over the Guyana Jaguars in the just concluded third round of the WICB’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) competition.

Needing just 69 runs to record their third successive victory, Guyana were skittled out for 66 by the Pride, with medium pacer Dwayne Smith being the main wrecker –with 5-17.

Dwayne Smith (third from right) being congratulated by teammates after his five-wicket haul bowled Barbados Pride to an unlikely victory.
Dwayne Smith (third from right) being congratulated by teammates after his five-wicket haul bowled Barbados Pride to an unlikely victory.

It marked the second narrowest margin of runs victory for Barbados, and the narrowest margin of runs defeat for Guyana since the Regional Four-Day competition began in 1966.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY this morning, shortly after returning home with the squad, Springer, who has been the team’s head coach since 2000, admitted it was one of the most unbelievable performances he had seen by a Barbados team in a very long time.

Henderson Springer
Henderson Springer

“It is one of Barbados’ greatest comebacks, and definitely one of the best that I have ever seen.

“I have never been around a Barbados side which has had to defend as small a total as 69 and come out victorious,” the former Barbados off-spinner revealed.

“You honestly don’t expect to defend a total as small as 69.  I told the guys they needed to get some early wickets and build some pressure . . . but to be honest, you don’t expect to win a match defending such a low total.”

Springer, who has won 12 titles during his 14-year appointment, said he hoped the result would prove to be the turning point for the Pride, whose first two matches were badly affected by rain and ended in draws.

And with the victory catapulting Barbados to 27 points –– third in the standings behind Guyana on 39 and Jamaica on 34 –– the head coach was positive the victory would serve as a launch pad for the defending champions.

“It is just the beginning and we still have a long way to go, but it is definitely a start,” he explained.

“Right now the team’s morale and confidence is very high, as you would expect it to be after pulling off such a remarkable feat.

“Hopefully this win is just the first of many to come. But we can’t get complacent. We have the Windward Volcanoes next and we know that we have a lot of work to do,” Springer added.

However, while he praised the team for their outstanding work on the final day, he was quick to admit Barbados had not performed well during the match.

Barbados was bundled out for 101 in the first innings, and was only slightly better in the second innings, scoring 228 after being asked to follow on.

“The batting is a concern. But to be honest, I think our batting has always been a concern, not only now, but through the years.

“We have been batting well enough to beat teams, but we still have a long way to go in terms of our batsmen playing to their full potential,” Springer pointed out.

“Our bowling has always been our strength, as was evident against Guyana; but we can’t always depend on them.”

He also lauded the leadership of, Carlos Brathwaite, who he said did an excellent job in his first match as captain.

Springer said from hereon he expected Brathwaite to grow from strength to strength in his new role.

“Carlos did pretty well as captain, and that was what was expected. He has a lot of senior players in the side, players with experience, and that is always good for a young captain, to be able to have those guys who can support him and help him along.”

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