Barbados cool volcanoes for second straight victory
Just when it seemed like the Windward Volcanoes were about to erupt, the Barbados Pride somehow managed to cool them down.
For the second straight match, the Pride snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, edging the Volcanoes by 11-runs in their thrilling WICB Professional Cricket League encounter at Arnos Vale, St Vincent today.
Chasing 207 for victory, the home side was dismissed for 195 at 4:45 p.m., thanks to a courageous bowling effort from the visitors.
It was Barbados’ second nerve-racking win, after having defeated the Guyana Jaguars by two runs in the previous round.
And while head coach Henderson Springer told Barbados TODAY he believed it should have been a much easier win, he was quick to praise the team for its never-say-die attitude.
“I really felt we should have won a lot easier after our first innings batting display, but in the end the guys still managed to pull through for the victory,” he said.
“It was another close game again,and it’s glad to see the guys play through to the end and not give up.
“Like I said before, it was our last Four-Day match for the next couple months and I thought it was important for the guys to finish on a high note and carry that momentum through to the 50-over competition,” Springer added.
With the Windwards seemingly on course to victory, with the score on 191 for seven, and Andre Fletcher and Alston Bobb involved in a 57 run partnership, off-spinner Roston Chase claimed two wickets in three balls to shift the balance of the game.
First he had Bobb caught at extra-coverby substitute Kenroy Williams for 26, and two balls later without a run added, he dismissed Mervin Matthew, caught and bowled for a duck.
Fletcher, who finished unbeaten on 65, could only watch on from the non-striker’s end as medium pacer Dwayne Smith trapped Kenroy Peters lbw for nought, sparking wild celebrations among Carlos Brathwaite and his troops.
Their bowlers once more were forced to come to their rescue after a sub-par second innings batting performance by the Pride.
Resuming the day on 93 for five –– an overall lead of 171 –– they lost their last five wickets for just 35 runs.
Brathwaite added just two to his overnight score of 15, with Smith, who scored 21 and Ashley Nurse who made 13 being the main contributors.
Leg spinner Shane Shillingford was the main wrecker, taking five for 46 from 19 overs.
The Windwards started positively, with openers Johnson Charles and Keddy Lesporis putting on 58 in an enterprising opening stand.
But once Brathwaite got the rid of Charles, caught at gully by Jonathan Carter for 25, quick wickets fell in succession.
Brathwaite accounted for Sunil Ambris, and Lesporis was run-out by Hope for 45, to leave them 95 for three.
Smith’s double strike then removed Romel Currency and Liam Sebastian, as the Windwards limped to 111 for five.
And when Tyrone Theophile and Shillingford were dismissed by off-spinner Ashley Nurse for seven and nought respectively, it left the home side in tatters and facing certain defeat at 134 for seven.
However, Fletcher and Bobb frustrated the Pride’s bowlers for 20 overs, during which they added 57 runs and took their side within an arm’s reach of victory.
It was not to be however, as Chase –– who smashed a first innings century –– returned to snare two quick wickets and end the Volcanoes’ late fightback.
Smith was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with three wickets for 30 runs, while Nurse, Chase and Brathwaite all picked up two wickets each.
The win kept the Pride in third position with 44 points after four rounds, behind the Jamaican Franchise on 50 points and table leaders Jaguars on 57 points.