Barbados Pride pace bowler Keon Harding ripped through Leewards Islands Hurricanes batting order to claim a five-for that saw the team dismissed for 90, in day one of the West Indies Championship match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.   

Opener Montcin Hodge was the team’s top batsman on 24 and one of only three to make it into double figures after facing bruising spells from Harding and Miguel Cummins. 

Cummins struck in the first ball of the first over when he had opener Keacy Carty caught for a duck by Jonathan Carter.  The consistent Devon Thomas and Hodge sought to repair the damage and settled in to put on 36 for the second wicket.  Any hopes of a full recovery were, however, quickly dashed when Thomas was caught for 11 by Roston Chase off Harding.  He returned to claim the scalp of Hodge six overs later as the batsman’s resistance came to an end when he was caught by Marquino Mindley.  The team continued to struggle to establish themselves at the crease as Harding then dismissed Akeem Saunders for 5.  Jahmar Hamilton failed to add to the score when he was caught for a duck off Cummins, with Terrance Ward (19) and Alzzari Joseph the only batsmen reaching double digits as the order collapsed.  Harding ended with figures of 5 for 29, with Cummins claiming 3 for 34.

In response, Barbados were in early trouble after losing opener Shayne Moseley and Kraigg Brathwaite with only 10 runs on the board.  Moseley was run out for 1 by Nelson Bolan with Brathwaite caught by Devon Thomas off the bowling of Cornwall.  Shamarh Brooks, however, put an end to the slide as his unbeaten 79 from 144 pushed Barbados to 154 for 4.  Shane Dowrich (28) was the team’s other unbeaten batsman as the Pride ended the day with a 64-run lead.

As if the suspension of Windies captain Jason Holder was not enough, reports have surfaced that the ICC could possibly sanction the Windies for the state of the Antigua pitch where England were defeated by 10 wickets last week Saturday.

Windies captain Jason Holder said the team has put last week’s win against England and are completely focused on the second Test that begins in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.

Old rivals Australia and England are set to clash in the final of the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on Saturday.

Antigua and Barbuda are ready to host the Women’s T20 World Cup, or they will be, says Head of Operations for the event, Fawwaz Baksh. 

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