Barbados v Leeward Islands, WICB Regional Super50, 2nd semi-final, Antigua February 16, 2017

Hope, bowlers power Barbados into final

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Barbados 314 for 7 (Hope 125, K Brathwaite 54, Cornwall 2-53) beat Leeward Islands 204 (Hodge 63, Nurse 3-37, C Brathwaite 3-56) by 110 runs

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Highlights - Barbados thump Leeward Islands

Shai Hope's second List A century set the tone for Barbados' 110-run win over Leeward Islands in the second semi-final of the 2016-17 WICB Regional Super50 tournament in Antigua. Barbados will now play Jamaica in the decider on February 18, their second successive appearance in the final of the tournament.

With Barbados having opted to bat first, Hope came to the crease in the 10th over with the score on 42 and anchored the side until the 46th over, taking them past 270. Along the way, he shared in half-century stands with Kraigg Brathwaite (77 for the second wicket), Roston Chase (83 for the fourth) and Jason Holder (68 for the sixth). His 125 came off 108 balls and included eight fours and five sixes. Hope's partnership with Holder came off only 32 deliveries, and Carlos Brathwaite utilised that momentum in an 11-ball 27 that lifted the score past 300. Holder contributed an unbeaten 42 off 26 balls with two fours and three sixes, while Kraigg Brathwaite struck 54 off 84 balls.

Hope's good form on the field extended to his keeping, too, as he effected seven dismissals behind the stumps in Leeward's chase. Leeward fell away rapidly, stumbling to 43 for 4 by the 15th over and, at one stage, their innings looked in danger of folding for less than 200. Opener Montcin Hodge batted until the 39th over, scoring 63 in the process, but had little support from the rest of the line-up. Seamer Jeremiah Louis struck an unbeaten 32-ball 41 before Leeward's innings folded for 204 in the 48th over.

Offspinner Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite took three wickets each, with Nurse conceding only 37 runs in his 10 overs.

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  • cricfan62694876 on February 19, 2017, 0:42 GMT

    Well that's it Barbados was very strong , too good on the day . But real disappointed about the Jamaicans one day wonder team performance

  • GoodAreasShane on February 18, 2017, 0:23 GMT

    I do agree Barbados has the stronger team on paper, but the final isn't a forgone conclusion. This Jamaican batting lineup can be very powerful on their day.

  • CHRISTianman1 on February 17, 2017, 17:59 GMT

    Barbados is the class of this competition having suffered one defeat in the lead up to the semis. If they play up to their usual high standards, they should be able to conquer JA. Holder should be lifting more hardware on Saturday, when all is said and done. I chuckled when I read a pre-competition poll on the WICB site which said that the Jags had the strongest team in this competition. Guess the fans who so voted didn't realize that Bds could easily field two teams, some of whom from the second XI could start on most of the other teams. By the way, Ambris couldn't sniff a play if both Hope and Dowrich are healthy and available. The Big Blue machine rolls on, hopefully over JA next and into the future. I think most honest and enlightened cricket supporters will readily agree that Bds continues to produce the best cricketers in the Caribbean. In addition to her rich cricket tradition and legacy, one of the major reasons for this is the sound cricket structure which exists there.

  • MR Cricket.. on February 17, 2017, 12:41 GMT

    @metman.. there you go again making stories up, I never once said that tnt would have beaten Jamaica. I am not like you who is always putting your foot in your mouth. In fact it was you who said that it was going to be a tnt and Barbados final with Barbados winning comfortably so try and get your facts straight and stop making up stories just so you could make a comment and get people to agree with you. when clearly everyone already knows that your cricketing knowledge is quite limited.

  • Metman on February 17, 2017, 10:01 GMT are on record as saying that the wicket keeping position is between Ambris and Hope....that the Red Farce would have beaten Jamaica .now I expect you to say that Jamaica is going to beat Bdos in the final. I told you that Hope WILL continue to be the WI keeper( ODI ),that Jamaica would have beaten the Red Farce,that BDOS would have beaten the Leewards and I am saying that BARBADOS WILL WIN THE FINAL as well.

  • GoodAreasShane on February 17, 2017, 7:41 GMT

    Have thought for a while that Hope is a bright talent, had a slow start to the tournament but has been superb in the last couple of games.

  • Mekkayel on February 17, 2017, 7:25 GMT

    7 dismissals, century and man of the match. no other keeper has done this. Hope really knows when to hit form. Hopefully his doubters have no protest when he replaces Ramdin in T20s as well.

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