Pride dominate Marooners to score massive win

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A dominant Barbados Pride flexed their muscle as they blitzed Combined Campuses and Colleges by 200 runs here Wednesday night, to remain unbeaten in the Regional Super50.

Behind Test batsman Roston Chase’s top score of 76, the hosts stormed to 294 all out off their 50 overs at Kensington Oval before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn spun a web around Marooners to send them tumbling for a meagre 94 all out off 36.2 overs.

The victory was the fourth straight for Pride, propelling them to 17 points and to a healthy lead in Group B while the defeat for Marooners was their second, leaving them on eight points.

Opting to bat first, Pride’s innings revolved around Chase’s enterprise but opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked 44, left-hander Jonathan Carter, 40, and opener Anthony Alleyne, 39, to lend support.

Brathwaite and Alleyne provided the foundation with an 86-run, first wicket stand which carried Pride near the half-way stage of the innings.

While the right-handed Brathwaite struck three fours and a six in a 65-ball knock, left-hander Alleyne was even more patient in an 83-ball innings that included three fours.

Both fell in the space of 15 balls and when Shai Hope failed again with 14, Pride had lost three wickets for 29 runs to slip to 115 for three in the 30th over.

Two successive half-century stands, both inspired by Chase, then accelerated the Pride innings. First, he added 65 for the fourth wicket with the left-hander Carter whose run-a-ball cameo included a four and three sixes.

When Carter top-edged a cut behind off-spinner Vikash Mohan (2-51), Chase found an ally in Shane Dowrich (32) to post 78 off 47 balls for the fifth wicket.

All told, Chase faced 55 balls and struck eight fours and a six while Dowrich produced a busy 23-ball display with a four and a six.

Dowrich’s departure, mis-timing a pull to Ryan Hinds at mid-on off-seamer Jermaine Levy (3-64) in the 47th over, saw the innings unravel with the last six wickets falling for 36 runs.

In reply, Marooners slumped to 17 for three in the 11th over and never really recovered despite Mohan’s top score of 29 and Amir Jangoo’s 23.

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