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Windies Masters sweep CLOBI challenge

Harold Eastmond

Windies Masters sweep CLOBI challenge

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WEST?INDIES Masters swept aside England Masters for the third consecutive night by 13 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the final match of the Cricket Legends of Barbados Twenty20 Challenge at Kensington Oval on Tuesday night.
When a heavy shower ended play just after 9 p.m. West Indies were rushing along at 43 for one in 5.3 overs, chasing England’s total of 126 for seven off 20 overs.
After opener Philo Wallace failed for the third night, brilliantly caught by Mark Ramprakash one-handed high to his right at point off Alex Tudor for five, fellow opener Rawl Lewis went ballistic.
The former Windward Islands’ captain counter-attacked to pull seamer Glen Chapple for two consecutive sixes in the third over, while Dean Headley was struck for two boundaries in the fifth.
When the rains came, Lewis was undefeated on 32 from 22 deliveries with two sixes and four fours and his partner Floyd Reifer was on five.
Earlier, England posted their best total of the series after scores of 111 in the first and an under-par 63 in the second.
Openers Neil Fairbrother and Craig White put on 24 for the first wicket before the latter left for 10 in the sixth over. Left-handed Fairbrother top-scored with a 48-ball 45, hitting one six and three fours. Captain Paul Nixon exhibited the reverse sweep to perfection to contribute 27 runs from 24 balls with one six and two boundaries. Off-spinner Nehemiah Perry was expensive but took three wickets for 40 runs from four overs.
Floyd Reifer (94) and England captain Paul Nixon (79) scored the most runs in three matches. Perry took six wickets to be the leading wicket-taker while Windies skipper Carl Hooper snared five catches to be the leading fielder.