Volcanoes shock title-holders Pride
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):
Windward Islands Volcanoes stunned Barbados Pride by 22-runs here late Friday night, to deal the title-holders their first defeat of the Regional Super50.
Chasing a modest 202 in the day-night affair at Kensington Oval, Pride's batting collapsed to leave them 179 all out in the 47th over, breaking their impressive four-game winning streak.
The defeat dislodged the hosts from the top of Group A, slipping to second on 19 points with arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago Red Force assuming first place on 20 points.
Pride and Red Force clash in a key fixture tonight at the same venue.
Electing to bat first, Volcanoes were dismissed for 201 in the final over with opener Johnson Charles top-scoring with 40, Kyle Mayers getting 37 and Kavem Hodge, 27.
Johnson faced 54 balls and struck five fours.
What should have been an uncomplicated run chase quickly turned messy when Pride lost four wickets inside the first 13 overs to slide to 43 for four, as seamer Mayers (4-31) and left-arm spinner Hodge (2-31) both struck twice.
Amidst rain interruptions, Jason Holder, who top-scored with 49 and captain Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 32, posted 63 for the fifth wicket in what appeared to be a potential match-winning stand.
Brathwaite had faced 72 balls and counted two fours when he missed a swing at off-spinner Shillingford (3-27) and was leg before wicket in the 28th over.
Holder followed six overs later, bowled by Shillingford, pushing forward, and off the very next ball Nurse was caught by Smith at slip, as Pride crashed to 125 for seven.