Pride’s winning streak ends

Barbados Pride’s winning streak in the Super50 Cup is over.

After four successive victories, the Zone ‘A’ hosts lost to Windward Islands Volcanoes by 22 runs at Kensington Oval on Friday night.

Set 202 to win, the Pride were dismissed for 179 in 46.4 overs.

It was always going to be a challenge for the Bajans after they were reduced for 43 for four in the 13th over following double strikes from left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge and medium-pacer Kyle Mayers.

Hodge, who has represented UWI for the past two seasons, and Barbadian Mayers shared the first four wickets after handy contributions with the bat that gave the Volcanoes a workable total and a decent chance of recording their second win in five matches.

Hodge, using the new ball, dislodged opener Kevin Stoute and in-form Shai Hope, while Mayers struck in successive balls by removing Jonathan Carter and Roston Chase in the 13th over.

It left captain Kraigg Brathwaite and West Indies Test and ODI captain Jason Holder with a repair job and the pair partially repaired the damage by adding 63 in 15 overs for the fifth wicket.

After Brathwaite fell for 32 and Holder 49, Carlos Brathwaite (24) and debutant Dominic Drakes (23) gave the Pride some hope in an eighth wicket partnership of 47.

They were together at 172 for seven in the 44th over, but Windwards held their nerve to grab the last three wickets.

To their credit, Barbados managed to restrict the Windwards after the vistitors made an encouraging start to progress to 80 for two in the 19th over.

Drakes, son of former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Vasbert Drakes, and veteran left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn applied the brakes with different methods.

While Drakes, who turned 20 last Tuesday, bowled with controlled aggression to claim two wickets for 12 runs in six overs in his first senior limited-overs appearance, the 36-year-old Benn was also mean in ten wicketless overs that cost 27.

Left-armer Drakes induced Johnson Charles into making a mess of a hook that resulted in a lobbed catch to the keeper after the opener made 40 off 54 balls and also accounted for Barbadian Kirk Edwards by way of a catch to point.

When Ashley Nurse claimed the first of his two wickets, Windwards were 113 for five in the 32nd over, but Mayers (37) and Hodge (27) helped them to rally.

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