By RYAN BACHOO
JOHN’S, Antigua- Barbados Pride ended Kent CCC’s run at the 2018 Super50 Cup with a 13-run victory via the Duckworth Lewis method in another rain affected match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Winning toss and electing to bat first, Pride got the opening partnership vital to a solid total. Kraigg Brathwaite and Omar Phillips looked impenetrable from the Kent bowling attack.
Phillips was the aggressor of the pair. He smashed the loose deliveries from the Spitfires bowlers, while Brathwaite played a patient innings, building on the easy singles.
Phillips was the first Pride wicket to fall when he was trapped by Adam Riley for 62, with the Barbados score on 93 after 21.3 overs.
Jonathon Carter stay at the crease was short, as Imran Qayyum had him caught by Sean Dickson for 4.
Next was the in-form Roston Chase. He joined his Captain and the pair had a cautious start. They frustrated the Kent bowlers, sneaking quick singles and the occasional boundary.
Brathwaite got to his half-century first and Chase a few over later. That’s when Chase turned on the assault from his bat. He shared in a mammoth 144-run partnership with Brathwaite. Grant Stewart eventually had chase caught for a well-played 81.
Brathwaite reached his first century for the 2018 Super50 and third in List A cricket. He finished the Pride innings on 105 not out, with him was Shamar Springer who faced the last ball of the innings.
Barbados Pride posted 263/3 from their allotted 50 overs.
Grant Stewart, Adam Riley and Imran Qayyum had 1 wicket each, bowling for Kent CCC.
Kent’s run-chase started totally opposite to the Pride’s own. Zak Crawley fell for 5 with the score on 13.
Daniel Bell-Drummond was the next wicket to fall when Dominic Drakes had him caught behind for 23. Kent now 41/2.
The only lengthy partnership for the Spitfires was between Sean Dickson and Adam Rouse, they put on 64 runs with Dickson reaching another half-century in the tournament. He was eventually dismissed for 51, caught and bowled by Hayden Walsh Jr.
Rouse soldiered on, combining with Calum Haggett for 27 runs. The rains came at various intervals, breaking the rhythms that Kent were finding.
Haggett and Grant Stewart looked like they might take the charge to Barbados, but it was not to be as Shamar Springer removed Haggett for 31.
Needing 37 runs from the last 2 overs, Grant Stewart tried to go for the big shots but misfired on more than he had to spare.
Barbados Pride bowlers, kept their line and length and achieved the win that their Captain laid with his bat at the start of the match.
Kent CCC finished on 216/8 from 43 overs. Hayden Walsh Jr had the best bowling figures for Barbados, taking 2/45 while Dominic Drakes had 2/49.
Barbados Pride winning by 13 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Method and earning a spot in the Super50 final on Saturday February 24.
Kraigg Brathwaite was Man of the Match
Meanwhile, the Windwards Islands, got the better of the Guyana team, to secure the other finals spot, with Theophile scoring his first one day regional ton and Hodge also excelling with both bat and ball.
The finals is set for this coming Saturday, at the Coolidge cricket grounds.