Regional Super50 2017, Group B February 11, 2017

Barbados finishes atop Group B after win over CCC

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Jonathan Carter sweeps for a boundary during his 79 off 57 balls © WICB Media/Kerrie Eversley

Barbados secured first place in Group B with a 143-run win over Combined Campuses and Colleges at Kensington Oval on Saturday evening. The Group B host side finished 7-1 in pool play with their only loss coming to Jamaica. Barbados' opponent in the semi-final stage will be the loser of Sunday's Leeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago Group A match at Coolidge.

The win was set up by a trio of fifties from Kraigg Brathwaite (51), Shai Hope (62) and Jonathan Carter (79) as Barbados posted 294 for 8 after choosing to bat first. The bulk of the damage was done during a brisk third-wicket stand between Hope and Carter in which they added 119 in just 13 overs after coming together in the 29th over.

CCC's chase struggled to get momentum early after Jason Holder struck twice in the Powerplay. Ashley Nurse, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, and fellow spinner Sulieman Benn took three wickets apiece to rip through the middle order and CCC were eventually bowled out for 151 in the 45th over.

Jamaica kept up their solid form with a five-wicket win over ICC Americas at Windward Park. After losing two of their first three matches, Jamaica have now won five straight heading into the semi-finals. Legspinner Damion Jacobs took a career-best 6 for 34 to trigger a collapse from 89 for 2 to 133 all out after Jamaica had sent in ICC Americas.

Hamza Tariq top-scored with 32 and added 66 with Alex Amsterdam for the third-wicket but Tariq's wicket in the 17th over, the first claimed by Jacobs, sparked a rapid slide. Jacobs struck three times in the 25th over to hasten a quick finish to the innings, claiming Akeem Dodson on the second ball of the over for 12 before nabbing Timroy Allen and Nikhil Dutta for a pair of ducks to finish the over at 113 for 7. Saad Bin Zafar was the final wicket to give Jacobs his sixth, ending the innings in just 31 overs, even more remarkable since ICC Americas had been scoring at nearly six an over through the first 16 overs with only two wickets down.

Fast bowler Ali Khan, playing in his first match of the tournament after missing the first seven games with a hamstring injury, struck twice in the Powerplay but was expensive going for more than six an over to finish with 2 for 39. Andre McCarthy struck a run-a-ball 47 and Devon Thomas made 43 off 39 balls before he fell to Saad Bin Zafar with scores level. John Campbell hit the winning single in the following over to clinch victory with 26.2 overs to spare.

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  • Metman on February 14, 2017, 23:31 GMT

    @Amir Khan.....your reasoning sounds fair enough and you continue to back them up with facts and stats.I will give you that one.

  • Amir Khan on February 14, 2017, 19:07 GMT

    Ambris is a good prospect @ Metman but my point is that he had a rough time last year thus my reason for delaying him....as for Benn and Bishoo I would go with Bishoo due to the fact that Benn though in form has not fared well in international cricket having played 47 ODI's and averages 49 per wicket compared to Bishoo now who averages 22.00 in ODI, 28 in the Super50 and has taken 10 wickets in 6 matches....he is not bowling the best but he is consistent and that is what is needed

  • Metman on February 14, 2017, 16:59 GMT

    @Amir Khan ...hey my argument is not between Mohammed and Benn,that is your argument mate.My argument is between Ambris and Mohammed and Benn and Bishoo. My argument is because Benn and Bishoo are not established members ,then the one who performs better when it matters most should be picked...the one who IS PERFORMING AT THE TIME. Glad though to see that you are backing up your choice of Mohammed with facts unlike others who just state point blank who they like...however,if you go back to the stats you would also find that Mohammed lags behind Ambris domestically and also having played twice as much games in both List A and First Class as Ambris.

  • Amir Khan on February 13, 2017, 20:56 GMT

    Mohammed played 2 games while Benn played how many again? Mohammed performed last year as well as the A series vs Sri Lanka A and the CPL while Benn has been inform and ahead of Bishoo domestically yet he lags behind Bishoo overall

  • Metman on February 13, 2017, 16:36 GMT

    @.Amir Khan...but Mohammed av,3 with a SR of 19 in ODIs and you have him in your team BECAUSE of his performances in this Super Cup,therefore Benn should be selected BEFORE Bishoo BECAUSE of his performances in the Super Cup too...don't you agree ? @Cricinfouser....Williams like Mohammed is not a permanent or in and out member of the WI team and both had to perform to be noticed again....Mohammed did it ,but unfortunately Williams did not

  • Cricinfouser on February 13, 2017, 15:07 GMT

    Well METMAN I'm prepared to take the risk with Leveridge. We need to hurt England with genuine fast bowling, stop them from scoring 300 . We're not going to put up those types of scores so we need to keep them within range. Not saying that he's the best thing since slice bread but , I'm willing to take a chance.

  • Amir Khan on February 13, 2017, 13:59 GMT

    @Metman I agree with ur 14 except for Benn who averages 49 in ODI's as against Bishoo who averages 22 and out classes Benn in every department

  • Cricinfouser on February 13, 2017, 11:45 GMT

    METMAN honestly for me Pierre on a gut feeling , he seems to do more with the ball naturally than the others. I wouldn't complain if Cornwall is selected. Why not Williams , he was in the last A Team tour we had, decent pace. age isn't a bad bowler. Thanks now where are the others, complaining all day and night I'm still waiting. Come on step up and don't wait until the team is selected then moan and groan about who is or isn't selected. Then say Browne only picked Bajans and Cameron don't want Trinis , come on MAN UP

  • Metman on February 13, 2017, 10:43 GMT

    @Cricinfouser.....my 14 member squad...Kraigg,K.Powell,Lewis,Carter,Ambris,Mohammed,Hope,,R.Powell,Holder,Gabriel,Benn,Nurse,Reifer,Cornwall. So you think Bdos will struggle if they have to chase ? but do you think the Leewards would risk batting first against our attack ? Leverage WILL be taken to the cleaners by proper batsmen and furthermore he is only good for two overs of pace ..Pierre and Williams ??? on what grounds may I ask ?

  • Cricinfouser on February 12, 2017, 20:58 GMT

    BajanAndy here. I will try and select a Team . Brathwaite, Powell, Lewis, Carter, K. Hope, Mohammed, R. Powell, S. Hope. Holder, Gabriel, Leveridge, , Nurse ,Pierre, Keswick William ,Reifer. I didn't pick Cornwall because I see him getting runout fairly often

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