Caribbean – Canada’s Nitish Kumar followed his superb 2021 Caribbean Super50 opening match century with a solid 41, as the Leeward Hurricanes led by Keacy Carty’s superb unbeaten century and a belligerent Hayden Walsh Jnr cameo, secured a sensational four wicket final over win against the Barbados Pride. Carty, produced a memorable knock of 123 not out. He hit nine fours and three sixes, to record his maiden List A hundred on a good pitch at the Coolidge Cricket Ground. He won the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match award.
Chasing the daunting victory target of 302 to win at a required rate of 6 runs per over, the Hurricanes lost both its opening batsmen by the thirteenth over with only 62 runs on the board. Kumar and Carty, however, combined for a 98 run third wicket partnership which steadied the innings and provided a perfect platform for the match-winning fireworks that were to follow.
Having gracefully stroked his way to 41 off 48 balls with two fours, Kumar attempted an injudicious reverse sweep to an Ashley Nurse delivery, missed completely and was struck plumb in front to be correctly adjudged lbw. It was a most disappointing end to an innings that had promised much and which up until Kumar’s poor shot selection had even seemed headed toward a second successive century.
In the final stages with an asking rate of close to 14 runs per over Hayden Walsh smashed an explosive 9 ball 28, which included three massive sixes in one over. His belligerent cameo provided the impetus for the undaunted Casey to eventually see the Hurricanes home.
The Barbados Trident’s 302 had been structured around Shamar Brooks 96 off 88 balls and Jonathan Carter’s 91 ball 58. The two featured in an 160 run partnership for the third wicket that provided the backbone Pride’s eventually insufficient total of 301.
The win gave the Leewards Hurricanes its first two points of the tournament and a third place on the points table behind the Jaguars and Windwards Hurricanes, while the Pride were left floundering in last place with zero points having lost both of its matches played to date. The tournaments two other competing teams. Jamaica Scorpions and Trinidad Red Force were set to
play each other on Thursday February 11.
Kumar will be hoping for much improved performances in the Leeward Hurricanes three remaining Preliminary Round matches. The Hurricanes will face the Guyana Jaguars on Feb 13; T&T Red Force on Feb 17 and the Jamaica Scorpions on Feb 19.