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Pride set Volcanoes 287 to win Super50 Cup match

Adriel Richard

Pride set Volcanoes 287 to win Super50 Cup match
Justin Greaves square drives through the off-side during his top score of 76. (Picture courtesy CWI Media/Philip Spooner)

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NORTH SOUND – Half-centuries from Justin Greaves and Shamarh Brooks helped Barbados Pride set 287 for victory against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies Super50 Cup.

Greaves hit the top score of 76 from 96 balls and Brooks supported with 61 from 59 balls.

The pair shared a record second-wicket stand and laid the foundation for Pride to post 286 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs, after they were put into bat in their crucial fourth match of the tournament at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Pride set Volcanoes 287 to win Super50 Cup match
Windward Islands Volcanoes wicketkeeper Emmanuel Stewart watches Shamarh Brooks gather runs through the off-side. (Picture courtesy CWI Media/Philip Spooner)

Greaves and Brooks eclipsed the previous Barbados second wicket record of 134 between Dale Richards and Ryan Hinds against the United States 13 years ago at the Guyana National Stadium.

Familiarity bred success for Barbadian all-rounder Kevin Stoute and he grabbed two for 41 in six overs to trigger a wobble for Pride mid-innings.

Brooks was run out before Stoute had Greaves caught at mid-wicket and bowled Empire clubmate Roston Chase for a first-ball duck.

Pride were 165 for four after 28 overs at that stage, but left-hander Jonathan Carter made 49 and shared stands of 46 and 45 with Nicholas Kirton and Jason Holder respectively, to add beef to the total.

Pride need to win this match and their fifth and final contest against Jamaica Scorpions on Saturday at the CCG to reach the semi-finals for a chance to play for the title.

The Barbadian franchise are currently fifth in the standings with no points, after losing their previous three matches in tournament.

Pride made two changes to their line-up from the previous match with West Indies international Shai Hope, Kirton and pacer Akeem Jordan replacing Zachary McCaskie, Tevyn Walcott and Dominic Drakes.

The Barbados Cricket Association belatedly announced on Wednesday that Hope and his elder brother, Kyle flew to Antigua and replaced injured pacers, Keon Harding and Carlton clubmate Dominic Drakes in the 15-member Pride squad.

Harding has been side-lined with a hip injury and Drakes has a knee injury.

The Hope brothers were withdrawn from the squad a few days before the players departed for the tournament, after they returned positive tests for the COVID-19 virus during required screening before travel. They are now fully recovered.

Summarised scores:

Barbados Pride 286 for eight off 50 overs (Justin Greaves 76, Shamarh Brooks 61, Jonathan Carter 49, Jason Holder 28, Shai Hope 16, Ashley Nurse 15; Kevin Stoute 2-41, Preston McSween 2-62) vs Windward Islands Volcanoes. (AR)