Pacers key to title triumph, says skipper Brathwaite

Pacers key to title triumph, says skipper Brathwaite

Friday, March 27, 2020

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has pointed to Barbados Pride's battery of pace as the main reason for their success in the first-class championship this season.

Pride were declared winners on Tuesday after Cricket West Indies took the decision to cancel the two final rounds of the 10-match season because of the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the region.

At the end of the eighth round, Pride topped the standings with 134.8 points, well clear of second-placed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on 94.6.

“I think we did a fairly good job in all departments, but the bowlers – the pacers – really led the way for us,” said Brathwaite.

“Generally, I think all departments were pretty good and we stuck to the game plan throughout the season… but it was really our two young pacers, Holder and Harding, that really did a good job for us.”

Chemar Holder led Pride's attack with 36 wickets.

The 22-year-old Holder enjoyed a standout season with 36 wickets at nearly 19 runs apiece, while Harding, 23, was also extremely impressive with a 29-wicket haul at an average of 23.

Veteran Test seamer Kemar Roach was also superb, bagging 30 wickets from five matches at an amazing average of 13.

Brathwaite also praised all-rounder Kyle Mayers who spearheaded the side's batting with 654 runs in his first season for his native franchise.

The 27-year-old left-hander notched two hundreds and five fifties to be one of just three batsmen to pass the 600-run mark, along with Jamaica Scorpions' Jermaine Blackwood (768) and veteran Windward Islands Volcanoes left-hander Devon Smith (649).

However, Brathwaite conceded Pride's batting had not quite lived up to expectations. Brathwaite endured an ordinary season with 468 runs at an average of 33, while Test star Shamarh Brooks averaged 18 after mustering a mere 263 runs from eight matches.

Test wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich also underperformed with 360 runs from seven matches while veteran left-hander Johnathan Carter gathered 225 runs from five games.

“We can do much better in the batting, especially at the top of the order, including myself,” Brathwaite noted.

The title was Barbados' 23rd in the modern era of the championship and the success ended a run of five successive titles for the usually dominant Guyana Jaguars, who ended joint third this season.

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