Collins sets up win for Barbados
NORTH SOUND – Pedro Collins spurred Barbados to a dramatic six-wicket victory over Leeward Islands with a memorable hat-trick in the WICB regional first-class championship yesterday.
Collins removed opener Gavin Williams, Leewards captain Steve Liburd, and newcomer Kerry Mentore in successive balls, as Leewards, leading by 26 on first innings, were dismissed for 82 in their second innings about half-hour after the lunch interval on the third day of their sixth round match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
The Barbados fast-medium bowler finished with three wickets for 15 from seven overs and shared centre stage with hometown boy Justin Athanaze.
The off-spinner had a notable day with the ball. He took two of the last three Barbados wickets with successive balls, and ended with five for 58 from 27 overs in the visitors’ first innings total of 251.
Athanaze then removed teenaged opener Kraigg Brathwaite with the first delivery in Barbados’ second innings to complete a hat-trick of his own, as he finished with two for 34 from 11 overs.
Barbados, chasing 109 for victory, reached the target about 35 minutes after tea, with Jonathan Carter driving Anthony Martin for a boundary to formalise his side’s first win of the season, and finished on 36 not out.
The result meant that Barbados earned 12 points and moved to 27 to stay in contention for a semi-final place. Leewards gained four points and moved to 19.
Jason Peters led the way for Leewards with 23, but no other batsman on the home team passed 20, as Barbados captain Ryan Hinds joined in the demolition with two for 15 from 4.2 overs, and Tino Best took two for 26 from five overs.
Collins grabbed his hat-trick early in the Leewards second innings to leave them tottering on 55 for six at lunch, after they needed 20 minutes to bring the Barbados first innings to a close. (CMC)