PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Barbados stumbled and stuttered before eventually marching to their second victory of the Caribbean Twenty20, with a five-wicket defeat of Jamaica yesterday.
Led by seamer Carlos Brathwaite, Barbados routed Jamaica for their lowest ever CT20 score of 72 off 17.3 overs and then reached their target off 11.2 overs at Queen's Park Oval.
At one stage, Barbados were floundering at 40 for five in the seventh over, but recovered through an unbroken 33-run, sixth-wicket stand between Kyle Mayers (17 not out) and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (16 not out) to post their second win in as many nights and rocket to the top of the standings on eight points.
Opting to bat first, Jamaica breezed to 38 without loss after four overs, but then suffered a shocking collapse to lose 10 wickets for 38 runs.
Carlos Brathwaite was the architect of Jamaica's demise, claiming four for 23, while left-arm spinner Ryan Hinds picked up three for 12 from four miserly overs, and fellow left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, two for 14.
Opener Nkrumah Bonner top-scored with 21, but once he and John Campbell (13) were parted at the top of the order, the innings went into terminal decline.
The right-handed Bonner looked enterprising early on, stroking two boundaries off 19 balls and looking to get after the Barbados bowling.
Campbell stroked two fours and seemed set to change gears when he holed out to mid-on off Carlos Brathwaite in the fourth over.
Bonner then followed in the seventh over with just two runs added, stumped off the first ball of Benn's second over and the out-of-favour West Indies spinner then claimed Danza Hyatt (2) in his next over, to leave Jamaica on 42 for three.
David Bernard found Shamarh Brooks' safe hands at deep midwicket to give Hinds his first wicket at 49 for four in the 11th over, and captain Tamar Lambert's 25-ball labour over seven finally ended in the next over when he was trapped leg before by Brathwaite.
Two balls later, Aldaine Thomas edged low to Smith at first slip and Jamie Merchant also failed to score, falling to a catch at cover in the next over by Hinds.
When West Indies all-rounder André Russell perished to a catch at slip by Smith off Brathwaite for one with no runs added, Jamaica seemed dead and buried.
However, Krishmar Santokie banged two fours in a defiant 13, adding 21 for the ninth wicket with Nikita Miller (6), to get the score past 70.