LIME on roll
By Ezra Stuart | Wed, May 02, 2012 - 12:05 AM
LIME are still kings of G4S Masters cricket in Barbados.
West Indies selector and former successful Barbados captain Courtney Browne ensured that the reign continued with a sparkling 110 not out that carried LIME to their third consecutive title.
It made Banks’ challenging score of 237 for seven in their 35 overs look like cannon fodder as LIME lost just two wickets before reaching the victory target with 17 balls to spare, scoring 240 for two in 32.1 overs.
Man-of-the-Match Browne hit 13 fours and two sixes in his 65-ball knock, which displayed a wide repertoire of strokes on both sides of the wicket, including some classical cover drives.
Browne dominated an unbroken, match-winning, third-wicket partnership of 111 with Brian Johnson, who made 31 off 43 balls, with two fours.
LIME were given a solid start by openers Ron Bates (45) and Dave Estwick (44) who posted 65 in 9.2 overs.
Once Bates was trapped lbw in pacer Gregory Alleyne’s first over, Browne entered the fray and victory was never in doubt on an excellent pitch, ideal for batting, after he opened his account with a hook for four.
Earlier, Banks, after winning the toss and batting, were given an excellent start by opener Gabriel Parris and Richard Carter, who posted 85 for the second wicket in 12.3 overs after Lonelle Hutson trapped Trevor Connell lbw for a “duck”.
Parris smashed six fours and a six in a run-a-ball 65 while Carter hit two sixes and a four in a breezy 30 before falling to a catch at long off in medium pacer Adrian Brathwaite’s first over.
Hutson returned to remove Parris but after Orien Bostic, Testa Baker and Barry Callender all got starts and did not carry on, the innings was given a late boost by Alleyne, who smashed three sixes and five fours in a belligerent 54 not out off only 22 balls.
After his partner Winston Reid gave him the strike with a single off the first ball, Alleyne hit three fours and two sixes off the next five balls as 25 runs came off the final over from off-spinner William Lashley.
”The guys are very motivated to win this tournament. We were pretty confident of getting that score (237-7) because if you check our scores this season, we were scoring 240-plus in most of our games when we batted first,” LIME captain Anthony Morris said amid celebrations.
He said LIME’s batting was deep, with four batsmen hitting centuries before Browne got the fifth in the final.
”When I looked at the wicket, I realized the wicket was a good wicket, the outfield was pretty quick and to get beaten today [yesterday], Banks would have to bowl us out and I didn’t see them bowling us out on this wicket,” added Morris.
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