Barbados snatch nerve-wracking win
Kingstown, St Vincent, CMC — Barbados Pride held their nerves to pull off a nail-biting 11-run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes and post their second straight win in the WICB Professional Cricket League here Monday.
Staring at defeat with the Windwards on 191 for seven in pursuit of 207 for victory, Barbados grabbed three wickets in the space of eight balls to turn the game on its head at Arnos Vale, as the hosts were dismissed for 195.
Dwayne Smith, whose medium pace has been pivotal for Barbados this season, once again led the attack with three for 30 while off-spinners Ashley Nurse (2-34) and Roston Chase (2-37), along with seamer and captain Carlos Brathwaite (2-36), all picked up two wickets.
The experienced Andre Fletcher, batting at number four, top-scored with 65 not out – an innings which spanned 189 minutes,162 balls and contained eight fours.
When the hosts crashed from a comfortable position of 95 for two to 134 for seven, Fletcher came to their rescue in a 57-run, eighth wicket stand with Alston Bobb which threatened to take the game away from Barbados.
Bobb, better known for his left-arm spin, scored 26 off 57 balls with four fours but was one of two wickets to fall to Chase in the space of three deliveries.
Barbados Pride 1st Innings: 352 All Out (131.2 Overs). Roston Chase 120*, Shai Hope 50, Omar Phillips 38, Carlos Brathwaite* 25*; Alston Bobb 42-7-89-3, Shane Shillingford 42-8-110-2, Kenroy Peters 20-5-62-2, Mervin Mat1thew 18.2-2-61-1.
Windward Islands Volcanoes 1st Innings: 274 All Out (99.5 Overs). Johnson Charles 15, Andre Fletcher+ 61, Tyrone Theophile 20, Keddy Lesporis 8; Jomel Warrican 30.5-8-75-5, Ashley Nurse 25-4-56-4, Roston Chase 13-3-21-1, Dwayne Smith 11-1-35-0.
Barbados Pride 2nd Innings: 128 All Out (49.2 Overs). Shai Hope 34, Dwayne Smith 21, Shane Dowrich+ 20, Carlos Brathwaite* 17; Shane Shillingford 19-5-46-5, Kenroy Peters 9.2-3-25-2, Mervin Matthew 10-5-27-2, Tyrone Theophille 1-0-1-0.
Windward Islands Volcanoes 2nd Innings: 195 All Out (70 Overs). Andre Fletcher+ 65*, Keddy Lesporis 45, Alston Bobb 26, Johnson Charles 25; Dwayne Smith 12-4-30-3, Roston Chase 17-6-37-2, Ashley Nurse 14-3-34-2, Carlos Brathwaite 11-2-36-2.