West Indies Emerging Players’ Kevin Sinclair doing a flip to celebrate a wicket against Barbados Pride, as a teammate rushes to congrat-ulate him. (Picture courtesy CWI Media)
PORT OF SPAIN – West Indies Emerging Players produced perhaps their biggest shock of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 when they held their nerve to upset Barbados Pride by three wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method and clinch a place in tomorrow’s final.
In a nerve-jangling finish at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday night, the Emerging Players withstood several floodlight failures and a rain break to overhaul their revised target of 111 off 43 overs, and defy the odds yet again.
With tensions all around, Keon Harding (nine not out) whipped fellow Barbadian Chemar Holder to the mid-wicket boundary, to spark celebrations among the unit,which was hastily pulled together just prior to the start of the tournament.
Little-known wicketkeeper Joshua DaSilva top-scored with 27, but it was Roland Cato who shone, making a responsible unbeaten 25 to hold the innings together when nerves became frayed.
Under-19 World Cup-bound left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd had earlier conjured a magical spell to finish with four for 29 as Pride were routed for 119 in the 32nd over. (CMC)