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Carter, Boucher put Pride in command of Group A

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Captain Jonathan Carter and opener Leniko Boucher struck unbeaten half-centuries in a century stand as Barbados Pride beat Leeward Islands Hurricanes for the second time in three days to install them as favourites in Group A of the Super50 Cup.

Asked to chase a paltry 185 at Conaree here yesterday, the Pride romped to their target in the 31st over to pull off an emphatic nine-wicket win and storm to the top of the group with their fourth victory in five matches.

Carter was at the forefront of his side's success, uncorking a 58-ball 69 not out with nine fours and a brace of sixes, while fellow left-hander Boucher struck eight fours and a six in a 75-ball knock.

The pair put on an enterprising 117 for the second wicket after opener Kjorn Ottley had carved out a 38-ball 41 before retiring hurt.

Discarded West Indies opener Kieran Powell had earlier crafted an attractive 88 from 123 balls but Hurricanes suffered a batting meltdown as Captain Jahmar Hamilton (32) and Terrance Ward (28) were the only other ones to reach double figures.

Fast bowler Roshon Primus snatched four for 47, while off-spinner Ashley Nurse picked up two for 29 in support.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners wilted under the weight of Nitish Kumar's third List A hundred as they slumped to a shock 100-run defeat to minnows Canada onThursday.

In a one-sided Group A match at Conaree Cricket Centre, Canada posted a challenging 249 with five balls left in the innings after being sent in, with the 25-year-old Kumar carving out a run-a-ball 102.

Shahid Ahmadzai also looked set for his maiden century but fell for 73, while opener Jeet Metha chipped in with 34.
Fast bowler Akeem Jordan carried his wicket tally for the tournament to 12 after snatching five for 33, his second career five-wicket haul, while Captain Carlos Brathwaite snared four for 40 with his medium pace, to reach 100 wickets in his List A career.

At 45 for one in the ninth over, the Marooners' run chase appeared to be taking a normal course but it took a turn for the worse and collapsed to 149 all out in the 36th over.

Jonathan Drakes top-scored with 40, while Jordan top-scored with an unbeaten 37 at number seven but no frontline batsman displayed the required enterprise to overhaul Canada's target.

New-ball left-arm seamer Kaleem Sana (3-37) and left-arm spinner Kanwar Mann (3-38) claimed three wickets apiece to derail the innings.

The victory moved Canada off the bottom of the standings with Marooners replacing them, both teams with a single win but with the college unit having played one game more.


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