TAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC) — Barbados Pride and Leeward Islands Hurricanes will lock horns in the second semi-final of the Super50 Cup here Thursday, with both hoping to turn the page on their disappointing recent form in the knockout stages of the regional premier 50-over tournament.
The Shai Hope-led Pride finished third in the standings on 37 points following the preliminary round while Hurricanes led the standings for a while before finishing second on 44 points.
When both teams met during the group stage, Hurricanes came away with a four-wicket victory in a low-scoring contest, but Hope said the results which had gone before were now insignificant.
"We've had our ups and downs," the West Indies one-day captain said ahead of the game at the Brian Lara Stadium.
"We understand that it's a tournament and it's who wins the last game wins the tournament, so we have to put the losses aside and make sure we learn as quickly as we can from those particular losses."
"We're obviously upbeat. The main focus was to get to the semi-final stage of the tournament and then we would have two more games to win the entire thing.
"So the guys are looking forward to this game. We played Leewards already, we have an idea of what they are going to be throwing at us, and it's just about being smart on the day and playing our best cricket to get over the line."
Pride's campaign has been a topsy-turvy one, winning three games and losing three, while suffering one no-result due to rain.
Two of their defeats came in their three games at the Brian Lara Stadium and Hope said it was important Pride adapted to the conditions properly.
"We played a few games at Brian Lara [Stadium]. I think that the conditions there kind of speak for [themselves] now so we have to adapt our game and our planning, and make sure we can execute in those said conditions," Hope said.
Pride's last Super50 title came in 2017 and they have reached the final only once since then, in 2018 when they went down to Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Hurricanes, meanwhile, have now gone without success since they shared the title with Pride 13 years ago.
They were heavy favourites after reaching the 2019 final but found themselves completely outplayed by West Indies Emerging Players.
Under West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph's leadership, Hurricanes have flourished this season, finishing with four wins, two defeats and a no-result.
The 26-year-old said his side's confidence was high ahead of the contest, especially having already beaten Pride.
"The tournament so far has been good. We made it through to the semi-finals so it's been good," Joseph said.
They have found a talisman in all-rounder Justin Greaves, the right-hander plundering 328 runs to be one of two players — along with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Darren Bravo (323) — to pass the 300-run mark.
Both Kieran Powell and Jahmar Hamilton have also been among the runs with two half-centuries apiece but Hurricanes' bowling has also been potent, led by leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr with 16 wickets and left-arm spinner Daniel Doram (13).
The match bowls off at 1:00 pm Eastern Caribbean Time (12:00 noon Jamaica time).