Alzarri Joseph grabbed four wickets to slice through the Pride’s lower order. (FP)
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NORTH SOUND – An extraordinary gamble by Leeward Islands Hurricanes backfired spectacularly, leaving them with a stunning innings and 18-run defeat to Barbados Pride inside two days of their rescheduled fourth round match in the Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.
Trailing by 101 runs on first innings after Pride declared on 191 for eight, Hurricanes appeared to be stringing together a solid reply on 83 for two in their second innings – still behind by 18 runs.
But in a bizarre twist, the hosts declared their innings 38 minutes after lunch, believing they were ahead of Barbados in the overall points standings.
In fact, Hurricanes were actually behind by 0.20 behind – on 134 versus Pride’s 134.2. It meant that Hurricanes, who entered the contest in second place in the standings and still with an outside chance of overtaking eventual champions, Guyana Jaguars, will now end the championship in a disappointing third place with Barbados picking up second for the fifth straight season. (CMC)
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