Mayers, Roach put Pride in sight of victory

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first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  (CMC) – Left-hander Kyle Mayers continued his run-spree with an unbeaten half-century as Barbados Pride dominated Windward Islands Volcanoes to install themselves as favourites for a convincing win on today’s final day.The 27-year-old hit an aggressive unbeaten 62 off 43 balls as the hosts, resuming Saturday’s penultimate day of the sixth round fixture at Kensington Oval on six without loss, declared their second innings on 239 for four.Opener Shayne Moseley struck 60, Justin Greaves stroked an unbeaten 53 while Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite chipped in with 49.Set 399 for victory, Volcanoes slumped to 37 for three courtesy a double strike from Test seamer Kemar Roach (2-21) before recovering to reach 73 without further loss.Alick Athanaze, a ‘concussion substitute’ for the injured Desron Maloney, was unbeaten on 21 and was involved in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 36 with Devon Smith (16 not out).Volcanoes require a further 325 runs for victory with seven wickets remaining.Starting the day with a lead of 165 runs, Pride rammed home their advantage through a series of solid partnerships.First, Moseley and Brathwaite extended their opening partnership to 114, carrying the hosts to lunch on 99 to ensure Volcanoes went without success in the first session.Moseley counted eight fours off 111 deliveries in 141 minutes while Brathwaite hit five fours off 90 balls in 156 minutes.Captain Kavem Hodge (2-44) got the breakthrough when he trapped Moseley lbw with his left-arm spin and then bowled Test batsman Shamar Brooks in the same over without scoring.And when fast bowler Ray Jordan removed Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich (2), Pride had lost four wickets for 21 runs to be 135 for four.Mayers, however, who struck a career-best hundred in the first innings, took charge for Pride in an unbroken 104-run partnership with Greaves.Playing in his usual positive style, Mayers crunched three fours and four sixes while Greaves faced 78 balls and counted three fours and two fours in just over an hour-and-a-half at the crease.last_img

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