Barbados v Jamaica, WICB Regional Super50, final, Antigua February 18, 2017

Another Hope ton drives Barbados to Regional Super50 title

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Barbados 271 for 9 (Hope 101, Holder 69, Campbell 2-35) beat Jamaica 212 (Powell 65, Benn 3-33) by 59 runs

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Highlights - Hope and Holder taste sweet victory

Barbados wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope backed up his 125 against Leeward Islands in the tournament semi-final with another century in the final against Jamaica to lay the foundation for a hard fought 59-run win that helped his side clinch the WICB Regional Super50 on Saturday.

Jamaica had held Barbados in check through much of the first innings after Jason Holder elected to bat first at the toss. Barbados were 138 for 5 in the 35th over as John Campbell, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs and Damani Sewell tied down the batting order through spin. Kraigg Brathwaite was the first wicket to fall, going for 22 to Jacobs in the 13th over with the score on 59 after he played around a slider to be bowled, and wickets fell at regular intervals afterward, concluding with Shane Dowrich giving a return catch to Campbell in the 35th to make it 138 for 5.

In a match-winning partnership, Holder joined Hope at the crease and the pair eventually added 127 for the sixth wicket in just 13.4 overs. Hope brought up his half-century off 69 balls in the 38th over and at that stage had only hit four boundaries as the pair initially continued steady accumulation. They were at 171 for 5 in 42 overs before Holder decided to attack Nikita Miller, charging him for the first Barbados boundary since the 35th. Hope was then dropped on 59 a few balls later by Chadwick Walton behind the stumps and he made Jamaica pay by hitting five sixes over the next five overs to speed toward three figures.

The back-breaking over came in the 44th, when Jerome Taylor conceded 25. Holder began with a six off a full toss over midwicket, followed by a four behind point. A single put Hope on strike and he drove a straight six before a chest high no ball to Hope off what should have been the final delivery of the over allowed a free hit to Holder, who smacked a length ball over the rope at cow corner. Hope then hit Miller for two more sixes in the 45th as part of a 19-run over and the pair eventually hit nine sixes between them from the start of the 44th through the 48th.

A straight six by Holder off Rovman Powell in the 46th brought up his half-century in 39 balls and a single by Hope in the 48th took him to 100 in 96 balls. Holder eventually fell to Powell for 69 off 47 balls to end the stand on the final ball of the 48th over. Two balls into the 50th over, Hope was run out for 101 by Powell off his own bowling as Barbados only managed to score six runs off the final 13 balls of the innings. By that stage, however, the damage had been done, as 94 runs came off the six-over stretch between the 43rd and 48th overs, which put the game out of Jamaica's reach.

Shai Hope followed a century in the semis with another in the final for Barbados © WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks LaTouche Photo

Jamaica's reply started in nervy fashion as Steven Taylor was nearly run out on the third ball of the chase before he had faced a ball, but a throw to the non-striker's end was not backed up with Taylor stuck halfway down the pitch. He had made 9 before falling in the third over to Kemar Roach, driving to Carlos Brathwaite on the circle at mid-off. Roach applied the slightest bit of pressure to Jermaine Blackwood and two overs later the batsman fell chopping onto his stumps for 7 after an ill-advised charge down the pitch.

Walton, who like Blackwood had made a century in the semi-final win over Trinidad & Tobago, fell to Sulieman Benn in the 16th for 26 to put Jamaica in an even deeper hole. Left-arm spinner Benn then took two more middle-order wickets to finish with match figures of 3 for 33 and a tally of 18 wickets in seven matches, tied with Holder for third overall in the tournament.

Jamaica were 122 for 7 one ball into the 31st before Powell began a valiant fightback. He added 59 for the eighth wicket with Jerome Taylor but Taylor fell in the 40th to Holder and Miller followed to Holder in the 44th to put Barbados one away from victory. The Barbados captain then caught a Powell slog on the boundary for 65 off Carlos Brathwaite to end the match four balls later, Jamaica all out for 212.

Offspinner Ashley Nurse had a relatively quiet final with figures of 1 for 42 but still finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Regional Super50 with 26 in ten matches at an average of 12.50 and an economy of 3.55. He took seven wickets more than the next closest bowler - Ravi Rampaul of Trinidad & Tobago. Kraigg Brathwaite and Hope finished on 484 and 482 runs respectively, behind only Leeward Islands captain Kieran Powell's 513 runs at the top of the tournament runs aggregate.

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  • M on February 23, 2017, 17:42 GMT

    @Metman: So acoording to you, taking that last wicket of Rovman is the only thing he's done since those 4 sixes? It's the only thing you mentioned to answer my question. In that case, it's not impressive at all. You yourself asked me why I kept bringing up Carlos when we both knew he wasn't performing, and now that he's taken the final wicket, you can't shut up about it as though that wicket is the biggest thing in the world. Anybody could've taken that wicket. It was about time with Rovman going for broke. But you completely ignore that he made a horrible duck, went for 6.6 rpo, and hasn't done anything of note since those 4 sixes. Keep living in your dreamland.

  • Michael on February 22, 2017, 16:15 GMT

    @Trinimon....what has Carlos done since those 4 sixes ??? man you fa real ???? the man just brought glory to MY HOMELAND and HIS HOMELAND and you a TRINI asking that question ?...furthermore winning that Super 50 ENDED all ya reign...even more glory and rejoicing in addition to the fact that all ya ONLY win finals when they are played in TRINIDAD with 2 bowlers whose actions were questionable and sponsors who wanted returns for their money.

  • M on February 22, 2017, 2:56 GMT

    @Metman: You seem to be remembering "forget the name" a lot these days. Tell me, what has Carlos done since those 4 sixes? Even in the finals, he took the final wicket...okay, so? He went for 6.6 rpo for a team that scored just over 4.5 His 2 wickets was a bowler and Rovman who was trying to hit everything to take his team deep. Carlos also scored a duck that game, and one of the worst ducks I've ever seen. Struggling to hit new boy Leveridge and swinging wildly instead of turning the strike over to Hope. It was embarrassing on his part. But that doesn't matter, because he's Bajan. That's all you see in your eyes.

  • castro6065533 on February 20, 2017, 4:51 GMT

    Benn on the other hand shouldn't be anywhere near international cricket, 5 wickets at 116 from his last 13 ODIs says it all really.

  • castro6065533 on February 19, 2017, 23:31 GMT

    Holders bowling has improved over the last 6 months, taking a five wicket haul on a dead track in Sharjah is a good achievement

  • Michael on February 19, 2017, 23:02 GMT

    Well done Carlos Brathwaite ....AGAIN ! you hit those 4 sixes to bring home the bacon for the WI and now you've done it with the final wicket to bring home the bacon for the MIGHTY BARBADOS. Strange tactics from the Jamaican camp though.When Taylor was out that early,Campbell opening batsman ,should have been sent in in place of Blackwood, with MaCarthy @4 Blackwood @5 and Powell @6. To send Blackwood @3 then, when everybody knows he scores his runs by attacking the bowlers was cricketing madness. Powell was sent in most likely when Benn and Nurse were near to completing or had completed their overs....madness again as those who went before him were dismissed early and he had to do too much with his partners running out at the end.

  • M on February 19, 2017, 22:07 GMT

    Welcome back Metman, spewing rubbish again. You really seem to be obsessed with Trinis. You might want to get that obsession checked out. No one even mentioned Jamaica or Barbados in a negative tone, yet here you are stating stats, capitalizing words, and bringing up players who have nothing to do with anything. I recall in a previous post you asked me why I keep bringing up "Forget the Name" Carlos, but here you are. You also conveniently left out one of the biggest regional bullies, Suleiman Benn. But you insist you want him in the ODI team. Knowing the WI selectors, he probably will get picked, so no victory there. Anyways, I said that I'll post my squad for the upcoming series after the Super50 so here it is: XI - Kraigg, Powell, Lewis, Hope, Mohammed, Ambris, Rovman, Holder, Nurse, Joseph, Gabriel. Reserves: Carter, Cornwall, Roach. Roach can rotate with Joseph or Gabriel, whoever has a bad game, but Roach sits out the first game.

  • RANDY on February 19, 2017, 20:33 GMT

    Congratulations to Barbados on their winning of the Super 50 competition. They were easily the class of the tournament having lost a grand total of one game. Barbados played all aspects of the game consistently well and thoroughly deserved their victory. Their success is a testimony to the well organized manner in which cricket is played on the island. It should be no surprise then, that Barbados has been producing quality players to stock WI teams such as Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase and Jason Holder to mention a few of the young brigade. For the benefit of WI cricket, I would like to see some of the other territories copying/duplicating and implementing the BCA model with a little tweaking here and there. If we could get to point where most of the regional cricket associations are churning out top shelf players on a consistent basis, there would be no stopping WI. Of course, there are other problems which afflict our cricket but readers will get my drift.

  • ilyas on February 19, 2017, 19:57 GMT

    It's meant to be ambris not Ambrose!! Auto spell!!

  • ilyas on February 19, 2017, 17:56 GMT

    Odi squad: Powell, Lewis,Braithwaite, Hope, Rovman, Braithwaite, Cornwall, Holder, nurse, Jacobs, beaton, Joseph,roach, gabriel, Ambrose. That's my 15 and would keep Leveridge, Jason Mohammed and Walton in reserve. Oh and don't crucify me cos u don't agree - just my opinion!!!!!

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