Pacers Miguel Cummins and Kemar Roach combined to rip apart the batting of the Trinidad and Tobago Force and hand the Barbados Pride an emphatic 171-run victory as the 2018 CWI Super50 competition got underway at the 3W Oval in Barbados on Tuesday.
Cummins took 4 for 35 from nine overs while Roach was equally impressive with 3 for 33 from eight as the Red Force, chasing 278, crumbled to 107 all out in 21.3 overs.
Had it not been for Sunil Narine’s 28-ball 51, the embarrassment would have been much worse.
Narine and Shannon Gabriel (6) managed to mount a last-wicket stand of 40 off 27 balls to see the Red Force, who were in total shambled at 67 for 9, past the century mark but only just.
Carlos Braithwaite also took two wickets but was expensive, giving up 32 runs from his four overs.
Besides Narine, only Denesh Ramdin 18 and Nicholas Pooran 12 managed to get into double figures in what was a shambolic batting performance.
The Red Force won the toss and offered the first strike to the Pride, who lost Kraigg Brathwaite mid-way the fifth over for 9, out caught by Ramdin off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell with the score at 19.
Shai Hope joined Kevin Stoute and together they mounted a second-wicket stand of 97. They took the score to 116 when Narine induced a false stroke from Hope, who was dismissed first ball of the 24th over for 47.
Stoute continued to be rock solid smashing five fours and a six and looked set for the first century of the tournament as he and Johnathan Carter mounted a fourth-wicket stand of 67. However, it was not to be, as he became Cottrell’s second victim for 74 in the 35th over.
The Pride was still in a healthy position at 183 for 3 but then they lost the wicket of Johnathan Carter in the 36th for 37 and suddenly the innings seemed to stall.
Three wickets fell quickly and the Pride seemed in danger of wasting the strong platform built by their top order. However, Roston Chase scored 50 at better than a run a ball and shared in an eighth-wicket stand of 54 to restore the earlier momentum that saw the Pride to 278 for 8 off their 50 overs.
Cottrell finished with 3 for 52 and Roshon Primus 3 for 70. Sunil Narine was the most economical taking two wickets for only 29 runs off his 10 overs.