BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – Reigning champions Barbados Pride and fellow hometown team Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners launched the Regional Super50 Festival with resounding victories in Group “A” today here.
First, lethal spells from WINDIES fast bowling pair of Miguel Cummins and Kemar Roach followed up solid batting led by uncapped all-rounder Kevin Stoute and WINDIES batsman Roston Chase to lead Pride to a convincing, 171-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.
And, the batting of the Barbados-based Marooners, led by Kjorn Ottley, set things up before their bowlers, led by veteran left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds, formalised a comfortable 115-run victory over Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Cummins grabbed 4-35 from nine overs and the Pride fast bowlers made light work of the Red Force batting.
Kemar Roach warmed up for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe, taking 3-33 from eight overs, and fellow WINDIES pacer Carlos Brathwaite supported with 2-32 from four overs.
Sunil Narine, batting at eight, blasted seven fours and three sixes in a crisp 51 from 28 balls to help Red Force avoid the humiliation of falling for one of their lowest total ever in this tournament, but no other batsman distinguished himself.
Before a crowd that included WINDIES legend Colin Croft, Roach ripped out Tion Webster, Amir Jangoo and Jason Mohammed cheaply, and in between, Cummins struck a vital blow removing WINDIES white-ball opener Evin Lewis for five.
Red Force were 17 for four – and they never recovered, as the Pride pacers extracted generous bounce and movement from the helpful surface – freshened by the moist night air – and collected most of their scalps to catches either to the keeper or slip fielders.
It was a total contrast to earlier in the day, when Stoute resolutely gathered 74 from 107 balls and club-mate Chase carved out an even 50 from 47 balls to give momentum to the Pride batting.
Stoute played a supporting role in key partnerships of 97 for the second wicket with WINDIES batsman Shai Hope and 67 for the third-wicket with left-hander Jonathan Carter.
Hope made 47 and Carter added 37 before they were wiped away in a period, when the Pride stumbled from 183 for three in the 35th over to 216 for six in the 43rd over.
But Chase led a rear-guard action of 55 for the seventh wicket with Ashley Nurse help beef up the Pride total down the stretch.
Summarised scores -: Pride 278-9 (50 overs) beat Red Force 107 (21.3 overs) by 171 runs at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.