Pride remains unbeaten

A sterling effort by Guyana Jaguars proved fruitless in the end as unbeaten Barbados Pride pulled off a dramatic two-wicket win in the last over to ease into the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 on Sunday.

Defending 187 in a low-scoring contest at 3Ws Oval, Jaguars rallied to take the game into the last over before succumbing to their third defeat with three balls remaining.

Pride seemed assured of victory at 119 for two in the 36th over but Barbadian left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer and fast bowler Ronsford Beaton scythed through the innings, triggering a collapse which saw six wickets tumble for just 61 runs.

With Pride needing six runs from the nerve-wracking last over bowled by Reifer, Jomel Warrican (two not out) got a single off the first delivery but Carlos Brathwaite (11 not out) failed to score off the second ball.

However, the West Indies Twenty20 star then cleared the ropes at long off with the third ball, to hand Pride an emphatic victory – their sixth on the trot in the competition which booked them their spot in the final four.

Shai Hope top-scored in the Barbados Pride innings.

Shai Hope top-scored with 63 – his first score of merit in the series – while all-rounder Kevin Stoute, in for his first game stroked 51.

Reifer led the Jaguars attack admirably with four for 46 while Beaton claimed two for 41.

The victory took Pride to 28 points while Jaguars, who started the tournament with two defeats but rebounded to win their next three games, remained on 13 points.

Sent in earlier, Jaguars suffered a serious batting failure and could only muster 186 all out off 50 overs.

Veerasammy Permaul, batting at number nine, top-scored with 32 while opener Rajindra Chandrika struck 30 and wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble weighed in with 29.

Ashley Nurse continued his wicket-taking form with three for 28 while fellow off-spinner Roston Chase (2-21) and seamer Jason Holder (2-42) finished with two wickets apiece.

Jaguars appeared to be cruising when Chandrika and Assad Fudadin (18) put on 58 for the first wicket before the rot set in and they lost seven wickets for 61 runs to slump to 119 for seven in the 37th over.

Chandrika was fluent in his 43-ball knock which included six fours before he was bowled by Nurse in the 14th over and the left-handed Fudadin followed in the next over, caught at extra cover off Chase.

Captain Leon Johnson, who made 21, added 26 for the third with Chris Barnwell who scored six before he was run out at 86 for three in the 23rd over and with just one run added in the next over, veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was caught and bowled by Nurse for one.

With the innings collapsing, Permaul and Bramble combined in a 42-run, eighth wicket stand which helped Jaguars scrape past the 150-run mark.

In reply, Pride lost the dependable Kraigg Brathwaite in the third over for three, nicking Reifer behind with 10 runs on the board.

Hope then inspired two partnerships to put Pride fully in control. First, he put on 60 for the second wicket with Stoute who struck five fours in a 61-ball knock before holing out to long-off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

Hope, who faced 129 balls and counted four fours, added a further 39 for the third wicket with Jonathan Carter who struck a four and a six in scoring 17.

When Carter swept left-arm spinner Permaul and was caught behind square by substitute Shimron Hetmyer, Pride suddenly went into decline losing a cluster of wickets, setting up a frenzied finish. (CMC)


8 Responses to Pride remains unbeaten

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

    The selectors have no vision Kevin stoute should be playing in the first game Barbados played. I cannot see why Kevin stoute all way get victimized .One of the most consistent batsman in the Barbados team. Next year should go and play for another team and stop wasting time with these bad minded selectors .By now he should be playing for the westindies team. They know what they are doing. By sabotaging the young man. What for a man he will get.

    • harry turnover February 6, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Angus Benn I agree with you 100%.I have been saying that Kevin Stoute should have opened from BALL ONE.
      Every year the selectors do that to him and to the other fella from the EAST by not even selecting him but would go on and select other spinners who probably look good but not getting half the amount of wickets that he does year in and year out.
      A pack of SPITEFUL selectors.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 6, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Their is another young men get sabotage by the Barbados selectors.Every year he took the most wicket and cannot cannot get a play on the Barbados team.if this young man was playing for any other team in the Caribbean by now he might be playing for the westindies team.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Their is another young man name Derrick Bishop. He got victimized by the selectors.Every year he taking the most wicket in the domestic cricket and cannot cannot make the Barbados team. I will like these so call selectors to tell the public of Barbados how you does get to make the Barbados team.Some of these so call selectors never take as much wicket when they were playing as bishop.

  4. Peter February 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

    This report is MOST obnoxious and annoying besides its shortcoming and unprofessional style. Barbados Today, with your Chairman and a few of your directors being avid cricket lovers, by now youe incapable sports reporter should be presenting the full scorecard. This confirms all his reporting as corroborative truths.

  5. Jonathan Nurse
    Jonathan Nurse February 6, 2017 at 11:19 am

    That is very good playing of cricket, Kevin Stoute. Very good. Keep it up.

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    This was phatetic to say the least this overhype overrated team will not win the Super50 tournament,cannot knock off 187 in 300 balls friggin joke.

  7. Fan February 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Have no problem with the players you people are rooting for but help me to understand, who will you drop! If you leave out any of the current international players there will be an outcry from those who will argue that you are damaging their chances at keeping their places at the highest level


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