Pride demolish Hurricanes

Barbados Pride thrashed the hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by ten-wickets yesterday to leapfrog into second position in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day competition.

Set just one run for victory after the Hurricanes were bowled out for 198 in their second innings after being asked to follow on, the Pride romped to victory inside three days at Kensington Oval.

Neither openers Kyle Corbin nor Kemar Brathwaite were required to score, as a no-ball from Gavin Tonge with his second ball of the innings sealed the deal.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn was the chief destroyer, bagging four for 50 from his 26 overs. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 67, while fast bowler Tino Best took two wickets.

After being asked to follow-on by Barbados captain Kevin Stoute, the visitors found themselves in deep trouble early on at 47 for six.

Had it not been for the efforts of Orlando Peters and Jacques Taylor – who both resisted with half centuries – the Hurricanes would have embarrassingly crashed to an innings defeat. The duo frustrated Barbados’ bowlers during an 104 run seventh wicket partnership which threatened to push the match into the final day.

But once Peters was dismissed for 59, edging off-spinner Shamarh Brooks behind to wicketkeeper Mario Rampersaud, the writing was on the wall.

He batted for 187 minutes, faced 151 balls and hit 10 boundaries.

Tonge provided some entertainment during a whirlwind 39 from just 19 balls, but it was never going to be enough.

Taylor was eventually the last man out for a well-played 52, giving the Pride the easiest of targets for victory.

The win means that Barbados is now second in the standings on 63 points, 22 behind the first-placed Guyana Jaguars.

The Jamaica Scorpions slipped to third after being defeated by the unbeaten Jaguars.

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